babble

verb
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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Strong’s character nervously babbles while trying to hide her face from the camera by ducking under a coffee table and behind cabinets. refinery29.com, "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 Noisli can simulate the sound of a café or a babbling brook. David Pierce, WSJ, "Your Open Office Is Too Loud—Here’s How to Escape and Work Anywhere," 3 June 2018 The program features compositions by Debussy, Pierne, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Saint-Sean, and Rachmaninov, inspired by storm, babbling brook, the Hebrides sea cave, boat, barque (and barcarolle), and an aquarium. Robert Knox, BostonGlobe.com, "Play in Marshfield tells story of a kitchen legend," 25 May 2018 Sound can be marvelously evocative; whisking us away from offices and homes to sit beside babbling streams in shady forests, or shiver on an exposed mountain side. James Vincent, The Verge, "Match any image with an imaginary soundscape using this AI-powered web app," 24 May 2018 Asahara talked incoherently, occasionally babbling in broken English, during his eight-year trial and never acknowledged his responsibility or offered meaningful explanations. Washington Post, "Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack," 19 Mar. 2018 Asahara talked incoherently, occasionally babbling in broken English, during his eight-year trial and never acknowledged his responsibility or offered meaningful explanations. Washington Post, "Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack," 19 Mar. 2018 Now more than 7 months old, Kora giggles, babbles, sits and rolls over. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace," 29 Apr. 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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The first known use of babble was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for babble

babble

verb

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

babble

verb
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

babble

noun

Kids Definition of babble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : talk that is not clear

2 : the sound of a brook

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