imperfect & past participle Gabbled; present participle & verbal noun Gabbling.; Freq. of gab. See Gab, intransitive verb
1. To talk fast, or to talk without meaning; to prate; to jabber. (Shakespeare)2. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity; as, gabbling fowls. Dryden.
1. Loud or rapid talk without meaning. Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud Among the builders. Milton.2. Inarticulate sounds rapidly uttered; as of fowls.
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gab + -le, frequentative.
gabble (third-person singular simple present gabbles, present participle gabbling, simple past and past participle gabbled) To talk fast, idly, foolishly, or without meaning. 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, scene II : I pitied thee, took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour one thing or other; when thou didst not, savage, know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like a thing most brutish 1900, Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, ch. 4: Then he fell to gabbling strange and dreadful things which were not clearly understandable. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity. gabbling fowls (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
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