babbling

noun
bab·​bling | \ˈba-b(ə-)liŋ \

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

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 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 Once you’re done spending your day admiring the babbling brooks and flowing rivers, make your way to Skeleton Key Brewery’s taproom (8102 Lemont Road, Woodridge, Ill. 630-395-9033). Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Hikes and hops: The best hiking trail and brewery pairs in Illinois," 17 Aug. 2017 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 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 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 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

Above all else, there’s a whole lot of Jack-Jack, who’s turning into the Minion of the Incredibles movies: the cute babbling thing that takes over the story and slows down the action for self-indulgent comic riffs. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "With Incredibles 2, Pixar moves away from complicated emotions," 15 June 2018 In the bedroom closet was her brother, naked and babbling. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Did son kill mom with hammer in 'fog of Benadryl' after at least 80 allergy pills?," 10 May 2018 Buffered from the drone of the traffic and smog in North America’s most populous metropolis, the former rock quarry’s flowering shrubs and babbling creek are a haven for hummingbirds. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 TWINSBURG, Ohio - Between the babbling water, lush greenery and cozy seating, the patio at Blue Canyon in Twinsburg feels more like a rustic getaway than an upscale outdoor dining area. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "Blue Canyon provides upscale experience in outdoor setting: Best Patio contest (video, photos, poll)," 27 July 2017 REV’s production reduces one of literatures’s most poetic, erudite speakers to a babbling fool. Tirdad Derakhshani, Philly.com, "Hamlet in hysterics: REV Theatre Company disappoints at Laurel Hill Cemetery," 9 July 2017 There’s some debate over whether this sort of twin speak is actually language or merely a joyful, babbling imitation of language. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like," 20 June 2017

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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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