burble

verb
bur·​ble | \ˈbər-bəl \
burbled; burbling\ -​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of burble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a bubbling sound

burble

noun

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

Verb

burbler \ -​b(ə-​)lər \ noun

Noun

burbly \ -​b(ə-​)lē \ 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

Leaks formed in that gap, with some of the water burbling up into the river. Washington Post, "Fixing a massive NYC plumbing leak, 55 stories underground," 20 June 2018 There’s nobody else in here, just me and my spongy slice — crisp crust, squishy center, cheese burbling up like browned lava. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Before the three-tone air horn finishes its melody, the seniors at Dr. Armando Badia Senior Center are already making their way to the burbling truck in the parking lot with money in hand. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "This Miami food truck is a grocery store on wheels — where convenience comes to you," 2 July 2018 From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pele’s the boss’: Hawaiians ride out uncertainty as lava devours more Big Island homes," 8 May 2018 From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pele’s the boss’: Hawaiians ride out uncertainty as lava devours more Big Island homes," 8 May 2018 The coops are adjacent to a patch of artificial grass and a burbling fountain. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop," 23 Mar. 2018 From the widening gash, molten rock burbled and splashed, then shot dozens of feet in the air. Author: Amy B Wang, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pele’s the boss’: Hawaiians ride out uncertainty as lava devours more Big Island homes," 8 May 2018 There is always something, and usually a lot, burbling under the surface in the orchestra, with influences of the clamorous sides of John Adams and Philip Glass. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The flat-four engine really puts out such a growl, burble. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Why make high-performance, low-selling car models? 'Because we can.'," 5 Apr. 2018 The music drones and burbles, tinkles and undulates, taking its time and lingering over instrumental stretches. New York Times, "15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 The music drones and burbles, tinkles and undulates, taking its time and lingering over instrumental stretches as if people are still willing to experience a whole album from start to finish. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Music Is a Sanctuary From Chaos on Yo La Tengo’s ‘There’s a Riot Going On’," 14 Mar. 2018 Brooklyn has learned to communicate in burbles over the trach tube in her throat, flapping her hands to greet visitors. Caroline Chen / Bloomberg, Time, "Doctors Cleared a Baby Girl to Go Home. She's Still in the Hospital 400 Days Later," 9 Jan. 2018 There are several causes, but most commonly air pockets are the culprit, bubbles in between the tomatoes, that burble up as the contents reach 220 degrees. sacbee, "How to bake whole grain bread, save surplus tomatoes and other food questions answered," 29 Aug. 2017 The 3.3-liter engine—also seen in the Genesis G90, the G80 Sport, and the upcoming G70, which will share the Stinger’s platform but with a shorter wheelbase and different styling—serves up the sauce with an eager pull and a baritone burble. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2018 Kia Stinger," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of burble

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for burble

Verb

Middle English

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burble

verb

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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