\ ˈblab How to pronounce blab (audio) \

Definition of blab

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1 archaic : one that blabs : tattletale
2 : idle or excessive talk : chatter


blabbed; blabbing
Definition of blab (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk idly or thoughtlessly
2 : to reveal a secret especially by indiscreet chatter

transitive verb

: to reveal especially without reserve or discretion blabbed the whole affair to the press

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Other Words from blab


blabby \ ˈbla-​bē How to pronounce blab (audio) \ adjective

Examples of blab in a Sentence

Verb Don't tell Mary. She'll blab it all over town. “How did she find out about the surprise party?” “Tom blabbed.” He kept blabbing on and on about politics.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Will the former National Security Advisor and right-wing nightmare answer a subpoena and blab to the house committee on Thursday? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Lock Him Up!”," 3 Nov. 2019 Doing this will: kick your blab habit; conquer your fear of rejection (worst case, you get rejected for being yourself, far better than being loved for faking it); and render your what-to-tell question moot. Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, "Afraid to go directly to boyfriend with relationship problems | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 2018 Want to hear a scientist blab about his latest project? Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Red Strings Club," 7 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just remember to take advice from real experts -- not from someone blabbing on Instagram or Facebook or tweeting junk to us. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Remembering the quarantines of days gone by: Sam Boyer," 20 Mar. 2020 The chat can go on for as long as the chattiest participant wants to blab on. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "The Joy—and Exhaustion—of Nonstop Video Chatting: a Guide," 25 Mar. 2020 Toby should not have blabbed about being in love with Nadal. Han Ong, The New Yorker, "Futures," 23 Mar. 2020 But that’s not the end of the bad vibes, as Victoria F. is mad that Alayah had been reading online spoilers during her ever-so-brief time off the show, and Alayah has been blabbing about the Chase Rice connection. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2020: How to watch Episode 5, Season 24 online without cable," 3 Feb. 2020 His climactic loop in a helicopter after blabbing about it for the first part of the movie is the equivalent of an old drunk at the bar reenacting his game-winning high school touchdown. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all," 10 Jan. 2020 Alexa is all too happy to blab all the details about what’s in those packages to anyone in the house who asks. Doreen Christensen,, "Chatty Amazon Alexa devices could ruin your holiday surprises," 10 Dec. 2019 Boisterous lunch customers pack tables, blabbing in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Greek and English. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "A Whirlwind, Round-the-World Food Tour of Queens," 1 July 2019 Two teens who have been hanging around the hostage situation overhear the news and immediately blab about the update on the Smithereen app. Ariana Romero,, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of blab


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blab


Middle English blabbe; akin to Middle English blaberen

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The first known use of blab was in the 14th century

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“Blab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blab

: to say something that was supposed to be kept secret
: to talk too much


\ ˈblab How to pronounce blab (audio) \
blabbed; blabbing

Kids Definition of blab

1 : to reveal a secret
2 : to talk too much

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