meaning of babble

babble meaning in General Dictionary

Idle talk senseless prattle gabble twaddle

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  • To utter in an indistinct or incoherent method to duplicate as words in a childish method without understanding
  • To utter terms indistinctly or unintelligibly to utter inarticulate sounds as a child babbles
  • circulation in an irregular existing with a bubbling sound
  • to chat foolishly
  • utter meaningless noises, like a child, or utter in an incoherent means
  • divulge private information or secrets
  • gibberish resembling the sounds of an infant
  • To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate noises; as a child babbles.
  • To chat incoherently; to complete unmeaning words.
  • To chat much; to chatter; to prate.
  • to create a continuing murmuring noise, as shallow water working over rocks.
  • To utter in an indistinct or incoherent means; to repeat, as terms, in a childish method without understanding.
  • to reveal by also free talk, as a secret.
  • Idle talk; mindless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
  • Inarticulate message; constant or puzzled murmur.

babble meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., babeln "to prattle, chatter," akin to various other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cognates: Swedish babbla, Old French babillier) attested from same period, a number of which probably had been borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot today figure out that have been original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, regardless (compare Latin babulus "babbler," Greek barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel could be traced; though relationship with that could have affected the sensory faculties" [OED]. Indicating "to duplicate yourself incoherently, talk foolishly" is attested from c.1400. Related: Babbled; babbler; babbling; babblement.

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  • "idle talk," c.1500, from babble (v.). In 16c., commonly in reduplicated form bibble-babble.

babble meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a kid babbles.

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  • (v. i.) To chat incoherently; to complete unmeaning words.
  • (v. i.) To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
  • (v. i.) To make a continuous murmuring sound, as shallow water running over rocks.
  • (v. i.) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent method; to repeat, as terms, in a childish method without understanding.
  • (v. i.) to reveal by too free talk, as a secret.
  • (n.) Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
  • (n.) Inarticulate speech; continual or disoriented murmur.