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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of drivel.


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  • 'Give me a shilling!' was her reply, while the slaver drivelled unrestrained from her mouth, rendering utterly disgusting a chin that a statuary might have wished to model.

    Camilla 2008

  • _Now just hold hard here, busters, now goddamn it enough is ENO UGH, whaddya wheredya get the idea you can_ and so forth, in the grip of his waking nightmare he drivelled on and on until one of the four, obviously it was the woman, came up, swung her rifle butt and broke his flapping jaw.

    The Satanic Verses Rushdie, Salman 1967

  • The imbecile drivelled, about an imaginary toff, who had once given him two hundred and fifty-seven golden sovereigns.

    The Spike 1931

  • If war was his object, and Canada were worth it, Sumner’s scheme showed genius, and Adams was ready to treat it seriously; but if he thought he could obtain Canada from England as a voluntary set-off to the Alabama Claims, he drivelled.

    Free Fight (1869–1870) 1918

  • "I'm naturally anxious that it may be a son," he drivelled, "as there are so few male representatives of the old name now."

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn Miles Franklin 1916

  • His appearance was that of an idiot; people said he drivelled; whence they gave him the nickname of "Driveller" Juan.

    Caesar or Nothing P��o Baroja 1914

  • The imbecile drivelled, about an imaginary toff, who had once given him two hundred and fifty-seven golden sovereigns.

    Collected Essays 1900

  • There are multitudes of cases in which, when too great a weight has been crowded on the delicate organism through which thoughts move, its balance has been upset, and it has drivelled into idiocy.

    Love to the Uttermost Expositions of John XIII.-XXI. 1888

  • She talked some about the stars, referring to them with respect and politeness, and I drivelled a quantity about united hearts, homes made bright by true affection, and the Kindler.

    Heart of the West [Annotated] O. Henry 1886

  • That is practically what Michelet did, and though the garrulous old gossip drivelled endlessly about matters of supreme unimportance and ecstasized in his mild way over trivial anecdotes which he expanded beyond all proportion, and though his sentimentality and chauvinism sometimes discredited his quite plausible conjectures, he was nevertheless the only French historian who had overcome the limitation of time and made another age live anew before our eyes.

    Là-bas Keene [Translator] Wallace 1877


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