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

Definition of burble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a bubbling sound



Definition of burble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : prattle
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 burble (audio) \ noun


burbly \ ˈbər-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce burble (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, 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, 28 Apr. 2020 Behind the glass fronts are shelves of Mason jars in which Mr. De Smedt’s starters burble away. New York Times, 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, 30 Mar. 2020 The others just continued to burble new expert warnings. Kyle Smith, National Review, 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, 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, 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, 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ford adds drama with a synthetic soundtrack of a big-engine burble that's been smoothed into a warble. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 Now new research finds the fizz of a thawing glacier can be distinguished from the burble of a softening iceberg, and that these telltale sounds are more intense in places where ice is melting faster. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 29 May 2018 Whatever the season — from rainy spring to hot, dry summer — the brook provides a constant burble. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 13 Apr. 2020 Tchaikovsky’s second movement depicts a waterfall in sonic burbles and cascades worthy of Berlioz. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 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, 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, 29 Oct. 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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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