Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BLETHER, BLATHER, BLEDDER, v., n.1, int. [′blɛðər Sc., but Abd. + ′blɛdər and ′bledɪr]
I. v., tr. and intr. Gen.Sc.
1. To talk foolishly, or loquaciously; to brag. Gen.Sc. Given in N.E.D. as Sc. or north. dial.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 324:
It blather'd Buff before them a', And aftentimes turn'd doited. Bnff. 1856 J. Collie Poems and Lyrics 55:
Gif I ask ane's assistance in speaking, Man, how he'll blether and puff. Rnf.  R. Tannahill Poems and Songs (1876) 312:
She blether'd it roun tae her fae and her frein, How brawlie she was kiss't yestreen. Ayr. 1803 Sir A. Boswell Poet. Works (1871) 12:
A lawyer neist, wi' blathrin' gab, Wha speeches wove like ony wab. Uls. 1927 St John G. Ervine Wayward Man iv.:
Ate your tea, man, an' quit bletherin'!
2. “To speak indistinctly, to stammer” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Chiefly as ppl.adj. vbl.n. bletherin', (1) nonsense, verbosity; (2) stammering.
(1) Lnk. 1838 J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers, Letter i. 13:
But I maun draw this bletherin' till a conclusion. (2) Sc.  D. Herd Sc. Songs (1776) Gloss.:
Stammering is called blethering.
Phr.: to be bletherin' fou, to be so far drunk as to talk loquaciously or foolishly.
Abd.(D) 1920 G. P. Dunbar Gaff o' Peat Reek 10;
Like some chiel bletherin' fou.
II. n. Often in pl. Gen.Sc.
1. Foolish talk, nonsense; profuse and boasting talk.
Sc. 1719 W. Hamilton in
Ramsay Poems (1721) 197:
For an' they winna had their Blether, They's get a Flewet. Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 123:
I want neen o' thee idle blether. Abd.(D) 1924 Leebies Wooin in Swatches o' Hamespun 72:
Curse the aul hag wi' her bledder! Fif. 1929 St Andrews Citizen (9 Feb.) 9/3:
It nearly gars me spue sometimes tae read sic' blethers. Lth. 1813 G. Bruce Poems 78:
Aroun' ilk standart soon wad gather, Our lads sae crouse, An' lay ilk noisy braggart's blather, As quiet's a mouse. Rxb. 1921 Hawick Express (13 May) 3/7:
Hei never tried tae hide his views in a blether o' words.
2. Chat, gossip.
Lnk. 1881 A. Wardrop Poems, Songs, etc. 114:
'Tis strange that strangers oft forgather, And meet tae ha'e an antrin blether.
3. One who talks foolishly or profusely. Gen.Sc.
Dmf. 1817 W. Caesar Poems 49:
Ne'er fash your heads 'bout Donald's rant, He's but a blether. Dwn. 1912 F. E. S. Crichton Precepts of Andy Saul (1913) 17:
“Away out o' that, ye impident wee blether!” says I.
III. In pl., int. Nonsense! rubbish! Gen.Sc.
wm.Sc.  Laird of Logan (1868) 558:
Hout! tout! tout! tout! havers, blethers, how could a bauchle speak to a hat? Dwn.(D) 1886 W. G. Lyttle Sons of the Sod ii.:
“A doot it's ower late,” murmured the girl. “Blethers, woman! it's no yin o'clock yet,” said Johnnie.
Combs.: (1) blether-banes, “a jabberer” (nw., centr. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); (2) blether-bus, “a chatterbox” (Crm. 1914 T.S.D.C. I.). For bus, see Buss, n.6; (3) blether-lippit, “chattering” (Ib.).[O.Sc. bladder (1540), to stammer; to talk nonsense; pr.p. bletherand (a.1440) (D.O.S.T.). O.N. blaðra, to utter inarticulately (Zoëga), Norw. bladra, to babble, speak imperfectly, Icel. blaðra, to twaddle (Torp).]
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