babble

verb bab·ble \ ˈba-bəl \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of babble

babbled; babbling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : 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

babble

noun

babblement

play \-bəl-mənt\ noun

babbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of babble in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of babble

Middle English babelen, probably of imitative origin


BABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

babble

verb

Definition of babble for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

1

babble

verb bab·ble \ ˈba-bəl \

Definition of babble for Students

babbled; babbling \ˈba-bə-liŋ, ˈba-bliŋ\
1 : to make meaningless sounds The baby babbled in his crib.
2 : to talk foolishly
3 : to make the sound of a brook

2

babble

noun

Definition of babble for Students

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


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