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 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 The demo includes nature video clips of swans on a lake, bees buzzing and a babbling brook, where the listener feels completely transported into the scene. Louise Dixon, chicagotribune.com, 12 Nov. 2020 This inexpensive sound machine features six sounds, including rain, ocean waves, heart beat, summer night, forest, and babbling brook. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 9 Oct. 2020 This tower of babbling is entertaining in its Trumpian way, but his economic point was washed away like an irrelevance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2020 Schweizer has created a theatrical ensemble that lives in and for the babbling, warbling moment. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9 July 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 30 Jul. 2021.

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