babbling

noun
bab·​bling | \ ˈba-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce babbling (audio) \

Definition of babbling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : idle, foolish, or nonsensical talk or chatter … the … remarks would have been nothing short of treason, if they had not been so obviously the mere babblings of an irresponsible lunatic.— P. G. Wodehouse
2 : the production of meaningless strings of speech sounds by infants Hearing-impaired children are frequently delayed in babbling. Babbling usually coincides with the beginning of one-handed reaching and rhythmic hand activity.— M. R. Hiller

babbling

adjective

Definition of babbling (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : talking idly or foolishly a babbling drunk
b : producing meaningless speech sounds a babbling baby
2 : producing a quiet, continuous sound (such as the sound of flowing water) a babbling brook

Examples of babbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Schweizer has created a theatrical ensemble that lives in and for the babbling, warbling moment. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Odyssey’s ‘In Circles’ stylishly revives a ’60s Gertrude Stein musical experiment," 17 Sep. 2019 When it was established in 1951, Opelika’s Municipal Park was already a beautiful place, with Rocky Brook Creek babbling and tumbling playfully, offering a natural family attraction. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Antique kiddie train has charmed Alabamians since 1955," 5 Sep. 2019 In video from inside the chamber, a baby’s soft babbling can be heard in the background as the speaker of Parliament demands that Ms. Hassan leave. Carlos Mureithi, New York Times, "Lawmaker Kicked Out of Kenyan Parliament for Taking Baby to Work," 7 Aug. 2019 In video from inside the chamber, a baby’s soft babbling can be heard in the background as the speaker of Parliament demands that Hassan leave. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmaker Kicked Out of Kenyan Parliament for Taking Baby to Work," 7 Aug. 2019 Punctuating the soft babbling of water meandering lazily downstream, nature takes over for technology, coaxing me slowly to consciousness before my phone alarm has a chance to ring. al.com, "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 But the running around, the babbling, the play — the chaos — is highly important. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 Delays in speech milestones — no babbling by 12 months, no words by 16 months, no meaningful phrases by 24 months — also serve as clues. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Could a Phoenix center's research change how autism is diagnosed?," 2 July 2018 Cat Hollow Park is now even more handicapped accessible with views of the dams, scenic babbling brook and mill ponds. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 When Sarah and Justin Arrington bought a gorgeous parcel of land—complete with rolling hills, winding trails, and a babbling creek—their plans for a future forever home were intentional and hard-won. Lauren Helmer, al, "Young Alabama couple builds dream farmhouse in Mt Laurel," 21 Mar. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020 The outdoors provide us with wide-ranging sensory stimulation: breathtaking, panoramic views; the dulcet sounds of babbling springs and sparkling birdsong; the satisfying crunch of twigs and pine needles beneath our feet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Relieve Stress with Visits to These Fragrant Places, from Lavender Farms to Redwood Groves," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of babbling

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

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

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“Babbling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/babbling. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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