meaning of blab

blab meaning in General Dictionary

a person who blabs a babbler a telltale

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  • To chat thoughtlessly or without discretion to tattle to inform stories
  • To utter or inform unnecessarily or perhaps in a thoughtless way to create secrets or trifles without book or discretion often combined with out
  • talk (about unimportant issues) quickly and incessantly
  • divulge confidential information or secrets
  • To utter or inform unnecessarily, or in a thoughtless fashion; to create (secrets or trifles) without book or discretion.
  • To talk thoughtlessly or without discretion; to tattle; to tell stories.
  • person who blabs; a babbler; a telltale.

blab meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., obviously from Middle English noun blabbe "one would you maybe not get a grip on his tongue" (belated 13c.), most likely echoic. Related: Blabbed; blabbing. The actual relationship involving the blabs and blabber is difficult to determine. The noun ended up being "[e]xceedingly typical in sixteenth and seventeenth c.; strange in literature since c 1750" [OED].


blab meaning in General Dictionary

(v.) To utter or tell needlessly, or perhaps in a thoughtless manner; to publish (secrets or trifles) without reserve or discernment.

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  • (v. i.) To chat thoughtlessly or without discernment; to tattle; to inform stories.
  • (letter.) A person who blabs; a babbler; a telltale.

Sentence Examples with the word blab

I'd try to smooth over the missing picture with Miss Worthington by telling her about this here notebook, but I can't be sure she'd keep her mouth shut and not blab about it to the Quincy ladies.

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