Babble
Babble Bab"ble, n. 1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. ``This is mere moral babble.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur. [1913 Webster]

The babble of our young children. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

The babble of the stream. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Babble — Bab ble, v. t. 1. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding. [1913 Webster] These [words] he used to babble in all companies. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. To disclose by too free… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Babble — Bab ble (b[a^]b b l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Babbled} (b[a^]b b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Babbling}.] [Cf. LG. babbeln, D. babbelen, G. bappeln, bappern, F. babiller, It. babbolare; prob. orig., to keep saying ba, imitative of a child learning to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • babble — [n] trivial talk, often incessant blubbering, burble, chatter, clamor, drivel, gab, gabble, gibberish, gossip, gushing, idle talk, jabber, jabbering, jargon, murmur, muttering, prattle, ranting, tattling; concepts 266,278 Ant. quiet, sense,… …   New thesaurus

  • -babble — [bab′əl] combining form jargon or wordy and confusing language related to or characteristic of a (specified) field, group, etc.: often used in nonce compounds [technobabble] * * * …   Universalium

  • babble — index jargon (unintelligible language), prattle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • babble — vb gabble, jabber, prattle, chatter, patter, prate, gibber, gab, *chat Analogous words: *gossip, blab, tattle: converse, talk, *speak …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • babble — ► VERB 1) talk rapidly in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way. 2) (of a stream) make a continuous murmur as the water flows over stones. ► NOUN ▪ the sound of babbling. DERIVATIVES babbler noun. ORIGIN Low German babbelen, or an… …   English terms dictionary

  • -babble — [bab′əl] combining form jargon or wordy and confusing language related to or characteristic of a (specified) field, group, etc.: often used in nonce compounds [technobabble] …   English World dictionary

  • babble — [bab′əl] vi. babbled, babbling [ME bablen; akin to Norw bable, Swed babbla, Ger babbeln, to prattle, L balbutire, to stammer, Sans balbuthah, stammerer: of echoic orig.] 1. to make incoherent sounds, as a baby does; prattle 2. to talk foolishly… …   English World dictionary

  • babble — I n. childish; confused; incessant babble II v. 1) to babble ceaselessly, incessantly 2) (B) he babbled a few words to her 3) (D; intr.) to babble about * * * [ bæb(ə)l] confused incessant babble incessantly (B) he babbled a few words to her (D;… …   Combinatory dictionary

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