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).]
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Blether v., n.1, interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Dec 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/blether_v_n1_interj>
Try an Advanced Search