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Webster

English Word:

babble


English Pronunciation:

bab•ble


Intransitive Verb:


⇨Etymology

imperfect & past participle Babbled (present participle & verbal noun Babbling.; Confer LG. babbeln, (Dutch) babbelen, German bappeln, bappern, (French) babiller, (Italian) babbolare; probably original, to keep saying ba, imitative of a child learning to talk.


⇨Definition

1. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.

2. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.

3. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.

4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones. In every babbling he finds a friend. Wordsworth.

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



Intransitive Verb:


⇨Definition

1. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat,as words, in a childish way without understanding. These [words] he used to babble in all companies. Arbuthnot.

2. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.



Noun:


⇨Definition

1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. "This is mere moral babble." Milton.

2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur. The babble of our young children. Darwin. The babble of the stream. Tennyson.



Synonyms:

prate


prattle


chatter


gossip


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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From Middle English babelen, from Old English *bæblian, also wæflian (“to talk foolishly”), from Proto-Germanic *babalōną (“to chatter”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰa-bʰa-, *baba- (“to talk vaguely, mumble”). Cognate with Old Frisian babbelje (“to babble”), Old Norse babbla (“to babble”) (Swedish babbla), Middle Low German babbelen (“to babble”), Dutch babbelen (“to babble”), German pappeln and babbeln (“to babble”).


Synonyms:

See also :chatter


Noun:

babble (uncountable) Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. 1634, John Milton, Comus, a Mask, line 823: "This is mere moral babble." Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur. The babble of our young children. - Darwin. The babble of the stream. - Alfred Tennyson. A sound of or alike that which of flowing water.


Verb:

babble (third-person singular simple present babbles, present participle babbling, simple past and past participle babbled) (intransitive) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles. (intransitive) To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words. (intransitive) To talk much; to chatter; to prate. (intransitive) To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones. In every babbling brook he finds a friend. - William Wordsworth. Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they are too noisy after having found a good scent. (transitive) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding. These words he used to babble in all companies. - John Arbuthnot. (transitive) To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.


Reference:

babble

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