bab·​ble | \ ˈba-bəl How to pronounce babble (audio) \
babbled; babbling\ ˈba-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce babble (audio) \

Definition of babble

intransitive verb

1a : to talk enthusiastically or excessively
b : to utter meaningless or unintelligible sounds
2 : to make sounds as though babbling

transitive verb

1 : to utter in an incoherently or meaninglessly repetitious manner
2 : to reveal by talk that is too free

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Other Words from babble

babble noun
babblement \ ˈba-​bəl-​mənt How to pronounce babble (audio) \ noun
babbler \ ˈba-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce babble (audio) \ noun

Examples of babble in a Sentence

Pay no attention to her. She's just babbling. He'll babble on about sports all night if you let him. Her cousins were babbling in an unfamiliar dialect.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the video, Archie babbles about as Markle attempts to read the story, resulting in a number of sweet and funny moments, my personal favorite being when Archie flings a book onto the ground. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Author Emily Giffin Apologizes After Bizarre Anti-Meghan Markle Rant On Instagram," 8 May 2020 This simulated motor babbling quickly converges on useful actions that move the agent forward into the game, even though the agent doesn’t know it. Quanta Magazine, "Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious," 19 Sep. 2017 Nick’s wife, Elizabeth (Mare Winningham, fabulous), is suffering from the kind of dementia that has her babbling uncomfortable truths and hitting those who try to help her. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: Bob Dylan’s Amazing Grace," 5 Mar. 2020 The place is bustling with tourists babbling in various languages, different shades of burnt., "I book my mother a ticket to visit the adult me for the first time. I came to Boston for college seven years ago, but in her eyes, I am still a child, and she is the adult.," 21 Sep. 2019 The matter is so simple that Trump’s Republican defenders are reduced to babbling incoherence in trying to avoid it. J.d. Crowe |, al, "‘Things happen’: Trump corruption is the new GOP normal," 22 Jan. 2020 My cousin, a single mom, had moved back in with my aunt and uncle, and everyone was helping her raise Jiajia — a precocious three-year-old who orated rather than babbled, and loved instructions, dogs, and Fruit-by-the-Foot. Connie Wang,, "Closeness In The Age Of Coronavirus," 10 Feb. 2020 In 2018, Kuhl and Raminez published a study that showed when parents were coached in parentese, their babies babbled more and had more words by 14 months than those who were not trained. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "'Parentese,' not traditional baby talk, boosts a baby's language development," 3 Feb. 2020 Sanad alternated effortlessly between babbling baby talk to his cousin Salma and cracking jokes with the adults. Washington Post, "Your baby bump photos terrify me. Here’s why.," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of babble

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for babble

Middle English babelen, probably of imitative origin

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The first known use of babble was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Babble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of babble

: 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·​ble | \ ˈba-bəl How to pronounce babble (audio) \
babbled; babbling\ ˈba-​bə-​liŋ , ˈba-​bliŋ \

Kids Definition of babble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make meaningless sounds The baby babbled in his crib.
2 : to talk foolishly
3 : to make the sound of a brook



Kids Definition of babble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : talk that is not clear
2 : the sound of a brook

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