Babbled
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 talk.] 1. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles. [1913 Webster]

2. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words. [1913 Webster]

3. To talk much; to chatter; to prate. [1913 Webster]

4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones. [1913 Webster]

In every babbling brook he finds a friend. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

Note: Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they are too noisy after having found a good scent. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To prate; prattle; chatter; gossip. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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