- Blah is defined as a boring or depressing person or thing.
An example of blah is an overcast day at the beach, a blah day.
- The definition of a blah is a feeling of being bored or sad.
An example of a blah is the feeling a child has when stuck in the house on a rainy day.
- Blah is defined as a word to use when a person doesn't know what to say or doesn't want to use all the words needed to complete a sentence.
An example of blah is what a person says at the end of a long list of items instead of actually listing the items, "She had a coffee, doughnut, blah, blah, blah."
Origin of blahechoic of monotonous talk
- often blah blah or blah blah blah Meaningless or uninteresting remarks.
- blahs A general feeling of discomfort, dissatisfaction, or depression: “Monday morning Oscar woke up with the blahs” ( New Yorker )
- Dull and uninteresting.
- Low in spirit or health; down: sat around all day feeling blah.
Origin of blahImitative of meaningless talk
(countable and uncountable, plural blahs)
(comparative more blah, superlative most blah)
- An expression of mild frustration.
- Blah! Why can't I get this computer to work!
- (When spoken repeatedly, often three times in succession: blah blah blah!) Imitative of idle, meaningless talk; used sometimes in a slightly derogatory manner to mock or downplay another's words, or to show disinterest in a diatribe, rant, instructions, unsolicited advice, parenting, etc. Also used when recalling and retelling another's words, as a substitute for the portions of the speech deemed irrelevant.
- Yea, yea, blah blah blah, Mom, you said this all yesterday.
- And then he was like, "Oh, my brother's an Internet millionaire, blah blah blah." Like I care!
- Representing the sound of vomiting. See bleah, bleh.
- Sense “Idle, meaningless talk” (1940), probably imitative or echoic in origin. Perhaps, but cf Greek "barbarbar” ‘unintelligible sounds’ (Grillo 1989:174.
- Adjective sense “bland, dull” (1919), perhaps influenced by French blasé (“bored, indifferent”).
- The blahs (“boredom, mild depression”) first attested 1969; extension of adjective sense and influenced by term the blues.
- Also may be connected with bleat
GRILLO, R. D. 1989. Dominant Languages: Language and hierarchy in Britain and France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.