Meaning of “blithering idiot” in the English Dictionary

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"blithering idiot" in British English

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blithering idiotnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌblɪð.ər.ɪŋ ˈɪd.i.ət/ us /ˌblɪð.ɚ.ɪŋ ˈɪd.i.ət/ old-fashioned informal

Examples from literature

  • And what a blithering idiot they have in me to deal with. 
  • Can't you stand still, you blithering idiot! he shouted, after futile attempts to focus the advancing boat, "or shall I steady you by a clout over the ear?" 
  • The blithering idiot is going to try that trick again! exclaimed Dick. 
  • The blithering idiots ducked me yesterday for being disrespectful, that's all. 

(Definition of “blithering idiot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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