verb (gabbled; gabbling) Etymology: probably of imitative origin Date: 1577 intransitive verb 1. to talk fast or foolishly ; jabber 2. to utter inarticulate or animal sounds transitive verb to say with incoherent rapidity ; babblegabble noungabbler noun

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  • Gabble — Gab ble, n. 1. Loud or rapid talk without meaning. [1913 Webster] Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud Among the builders. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Inarticulate sounds rapidly uttered; as of fowls. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gabble — Gab ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gabbling}.] [Freq. of gab. See {Gab}, v. i.] 1. To talk fast, or to talk without meaning; to prate; to jabber. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity; used of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gabble — index prattle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gabble — vb babble, gab, chatter, *chat, patter, prate, prattle, jabber, gibber …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gabble — ► VERB ▪ talk rapidly and unintelligibly. ► NOUN ▪ rapid, unintelligible talk. DERIVATIVES gabbler noun. ORIGIN Dutch gabbelen …   English terms dictionary

  • gabble — [gab′əl] vi. gabbled, gabbling [freq. of GAB] 1. to talk rapidly and incoherently; jabber; chatter 2. to utter rapid, meaningless sounds, as a goose does vt. to utter rapidly and incoherently n. rapid, incoherent talk or meaningless utterance… …   English World dictionary

  • gabble — {{11}}gabble (n.) c.1600, from GABBLE (Cf. gabble) (v.). {{12}}gabble (v.) 1570s, frequentative of GAB (Cf. gab) (q.v.), or else imitative. Related: Gabbled; gabbling …   Etymology dictionary

  • gabble — gab|ble1 [ˈgæbəl] v past tense and past participle gabbled present participle gabbling [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch gabbelen] to say something so quickly that people cannot hear you clearly or understand you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gabble — 1 verb gabbled, gabbling (I, T) to say something so quickly that people cannot hear you or understand you properly: Just calm down, stop gabbling, and tell me what has happened. | gabble away/on: Gina tends to gabble away when she s excited. 2… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gabble — I UK [ˈɡæb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms gabble : present tense I/you/we/they gabble he/she/it gabbles present participle gabbling past tense gabbled past participle gabbled informal to speak or say something very quickly… …   English dictionary

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