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  • 161Babble — 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… …

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  • 162Babbled — 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… …

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  • 163Babbling — 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… …

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  • 164Balderdash — Bal der*dash, n. [Of uncertain origin: cf. Dan. balder noise, clatter, and E. dash; hence, perhaps, unmeaning noise, then hodgepodge, mixture; or W. baldorduss a prattling, baldordd, baldorddi, to prattle.] 1. A worthless mixture, especially of… …

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  • 165Bavardage — Ba var dage , n. [F.] Much talking; prattle; chatter. Byron. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …

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  • 166Beaver — Bea ver, n. [OE. baviere, bauier, beavoir, bever; fr. F. bavi[ e]re, fr. bave slaver, drivel, foam, OF., prattle, drivel, perh. orig. an imitative word. Bavi[ e]re, according to Cotgrave, is the bib put before a (slavering) child.] That piece of… …

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  • 167Cackle — Cac kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cackled} ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cackling}.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. {Gagle}, {Cake} to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen …

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  • 168Cackle — Cac kle, n. 1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg. [1913 Webster] By her cackle saved the state. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Idle talk; silly prattle. [1913 Webster] There is a buzz and cackle all around… …

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  • 169Cackled — Cackle Cac kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cackled} ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cackling}.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. {Gagle}, {Cake} to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry,… …

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  • 170Cackling — Cackle Cac kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cackled} ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cackling}.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. {Gagle}, {Cake} to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry,… …

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  • 171Carp — (k[aum]rp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Carped} (k[aum]rpt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Carping}.] [OE. carpen to say, speak; from Scand. (cf. Icel. karpa to boast), but influenced later by L. carpere to pluck, calumniate.] 1. To talk; to speak; to prattle.… …

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  • 172Carped — Carp Carp (k[aum]rp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Carped} (k[aum]rpt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Carping}.] [OE. carpen to say, speak; from Scand. (cf. Icel. karpa to boast), but influenced later by L. carpere to pluck, calumniate.] 1. To talk; to speak; to… …

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  • 173Carping — Carp Carp (k[aum]rp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Carped} (k[aum]rpt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Carping}.] [OE. carpen to say, speak; from Scand. (cf. Icel. karpa to boast), but influenced later by L. carpere to pluck, calumniate.] 1. To talk; to speak; to… …

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  • 174Chatter — Chat ter, n. 1. Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle. [1913 Webster] Your words are but idle and empty chatter. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. Noise made by collision of the teeth, as in… …

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  • 175Chitchat — Chit chat, n. [From {Chat}, by way of reduplication.] Familiar or trifling talk; prattle. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 176Clack — Clack, n. [Cf. F. claque a slap or smack, MHG. klac crack, W. clec crack, gossip. See {Clack}, v. t.] 1. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as the… …

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  • 177Clack box — Clack Clack, n. [Cf. F. claque a slap or smack, MHG. klac crack, W. clec crack, gossip. See {Clack}, v. t.] 1. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as …

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  • 178Clack dish — Clack Clack, n. [Cf. F. claque a slap or smack, MHG. klac crack, W. clec crack, gossip. See {Clack}, v. t.] 1. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as …

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  • 179Clack door — Clack Clack, n. [Cf. F. claque a slap or smack, MHG. klac crack, W. clec crack, gossip. See {Clack}, v. t.] 1. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as …

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  • 180Clack valve — Clack Clack, n. [Cf. F. claque a slap or smack, MHG. klac crack, W. clec crack, gossip. See {Clack}, v. t.] 1. A sharp, abrupt noise, or succession of noises, made by striking an object. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, as …

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