babble

verb
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Our brooks will babble in the courts, Seeking damages for torts. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 Our brooks will babble in the courts, Seeking damages for torts. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 Our brooks will babble in the courts, Seeking damages for torts. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 But Fernandez was in the forest to prove something surprising: that these bat babies babble in many of the same ways humans do despite a wide evolutionary gap between us and them. Mark Stratton, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 Our brooks will babble in the courts, Seeking damages for torts. Alex Traub, New York Times, 28 May 2021 Maki continues to hallucinate and babble about his favorite football players, or a scene from a Batman movie, said Reed, his father. Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 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, refinery29.com, 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, 19 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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Last Updated

11 May 2022

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“Babble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babble. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for babble

babble

verb
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

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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