bur·​ble | \ ˈbər-bəl How to pronounce burble (audio) \
burbled; burbling\ ˈbər-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce burbling (audio) \

Definition of burble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a bubbling sound



Definition of burble (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the breaking up of the smooth flow of air about a body (such as an airplane wing)

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Other Words from burble


burbler \ ˈbər-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce burbler (audio) \ noun


burbly \ ˈbər-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce burbly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of burble in a Sentence

Verb The baby burbled happily in her crib. Noun the burble of babies can be so endearing
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whether or not the math quite works out, these are the references that burble to the surface while watching Stein’s family drama of money and secrets long buried. cleveland, "’Inheritance’ works off an equation that produces mixed results (review)," 22 May 2020 Shortly after burbling out his unhinged suggestions for investigating whether the coronavirus can be killed by mainlining household disinfectants or shooting burst of super light under the skin, Trump tried to walk that back. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 28 Apr. 2020 Behind the glass fronts are shelves of Mason jars in which Mr. De Smedt’s starters burble away. New York Times, "At the Sourdough Library, With Some Very Old Mothers," 11 Apr. 2020 On the road, its Performance Blue paint is as in your face as its popping and burbling active exhaust. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Our Hyundai Veloster N Demands to Be Heard," 30 Mar. 2020 The others just continued to burble new expert warnings. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Experts Lied to Us about Masks," 8 Apr. 2020 Curreri and Sproule had spent time in Nairobi, collaborating with Kenyan musicians, and a few songs are flecked with West African rhythms and burbling bass lines. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 The grass is mostly brown, the $20,000 fountain in the center no longer burbling, its white stones covered in algae. New York Times, "‘Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy,’ by Eilene Zimmerman: An Excerpt," 11 Feb. 2020 When Yves Moussallam trekked around Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano in the winter of 2018, the ground was blanketed in green, and five incandescent lakes of molten rock burbled in the volcano’s caldera. National Geographic, "These lava lakes drained catastrophically—and scientists caught it in action," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If anything, this little burble of content suggests that no political faction’s stranglehold on storytelling is absolute or unchallengeable. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "A Golden Age for Right-Wing Content on Streaming Services," 29 Apr. 2020 This structure is what gives bread dough the strength and elasticity to capture all the bubbles and burbles produced by yeast in order to grow fluffy, chewy, and light when baked. Sohla El-waylly, Bon Appétit, "How to Knead Dough Like You're in Charge," 13 Apr. 2020 Tchaikovsky’s second movement depicts a waterfall in sonic burbles and cascades worthy of Berlioz. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Kirill Karabits led a stunning half of a Dallas Symphony concert. The other half, well...," 28 Feb. 2020 The burble of her voice and that of the Volkswagen's engine also harmonized in a strangely soothing way. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Italy's Forgotten Palazzos Make for an Opulent Road Trip," 9 Feb. 2020 These sorts of transmissions often feel their best when the gas pedal is pressed hard, but the GT500 is perfectly happy to amble along with the engine making a comforting burble from under the hood. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Driving the Shelby GT500, the most powerful car Ford has ever made," 29 Oct. 2019 Is there music more beautiful to the ears, while driving, than the burble coming from the exhaust pipes? Los Angeles Times, "Lamborghini’s 2020 Huracan EVO is a hell of a ride, but maybe not a daily driver," 11 Oct. 2019 Besides dropping the 0-60 time beneath the 4-second mark, the V8 gives the CT6 the right soundtrack to play against the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi—the deep bass burble at idle sounds proper, and there's no contrived popping on the overrun. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Cadillac Blackwing Is Great, But It Won't Save the 2020 CT6," 9 Aug. 2019 This was supposed to be a getaway with nothing to distract us but the burble of the water, the wind in the trees, a stack of novels and a 1,000-piece puzzle. John Kelly, Washington Post, "I don’t like myself when I’m jonesing for WiFi," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of burble


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burble


Middle English

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“Burble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burble. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce burble (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of burble

: to make the quiet sound of water moving over rocks
: to talk foolishly or too much
of a baby : to make quiet and happy sounds

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