Driv"el (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Driveled (?) or Drivelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Driveling or Drivelling.] [Cf. OE. dravelen, drabelen, drevelen, drivelen, to slaver, and E. drabble. Cf. Drool.]

1.

To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot, or dotard.

2. [Perh. a different word: cf. Icel. drafa to talk thick.]

To be weak or foolish; to dote; as, a driveling hero; driveling love.

Shak. Dryden.

 

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Driv"el, n.

1.

Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.

2.

Inarticulate or unmeaning utterance; foolish talk; babble.

3.

A driveler; a fool; an idiot.

[Obs.]

Sir P. Sidney.

4.

A servant; a drudge.

[Obs.]

Huloet.

 

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