verb bab·ble \ˈba-bəl\

: to talk foolishly or too much

: to make speech sounds that do not make sense to the hearer

: to make the quiet sound of water flowing over rocks

bab·bledbab·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of BABBLE

intransitive verb
a :  to talk enthusiastically or excessively
b :  to utter meaningless or unintelligible sounds
:  to make sounds as though babbling
transitive verb
:  to utter in an incoherently or meaninglessly repetitious manner
:  to reveal by talk that is too free
babble noun
bab·ble·ment \-bəl-mənt\ noun
bab·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of BABBLE

  1. Pay no attention to her. She's just babbling.
  2. He'll babble on about sports all night if you let him.
  3. Her cousins were babbling in an unfamiliar dialect.

Origin of BABBLE

Middle English babelen, probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 13th century


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