bab·​ble | \ˈba-bəl \
babbled; babbling\ˈba-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \ noun
babbler \ˈba-​b(ə-​)lər \ 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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Amid this picture-postcard setting—windswept rock cliffs, babbling brook—with the sound of the waves gently lapping against the shore in the background, finding a place of mental stillness is a lot less challenging. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Can the New Hermès Apple Watch Actually Help You Unplug?," 19 Nov. 2018 There was Lilah, initiating a joyous game of peekaboo at 6 months, while her sister, then 3, sat on the floor babbling phrases from books and TV shows. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 His fever was soaring, and he was curled up in the corner experiencing what seemed like hallucinations, babbling incoherently. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 Better yet, spend the night at a local inn, which is likely snuggled up to a babbling brook or farmstead. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 My nine-month-old babbled to other babies in strollers better designed than most cars, making their way underground thanks to efficient, ubiquitous elevators. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How traveling abroad with kids showed me how to fix U.S. transit," 14 Sep. 2018 Hitting your local pool, finding a babbling brook, or even looking at a photo of water can be calming. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Being Near Water Can Improve Your Mental Health," 31 Aug. 2018 Strong’s character nervously babbles while trying to hide her face from the camera by ducking under a coffee table and behind cabinets., "Cecily Strong Used Instagram To Take Down #PermitPatty," 24 June 2018 For added concentration, try one of Spotify’s white-noise playlists, or apps like Coffitivity or Noisli, which simulate among other things bustling coffee shops and babbling brooks. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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