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

intransitive verb

: to make a bubbling sound
burbler noun


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: the breaking up of the smooth flow of air about a body (such as an airplane wing)
burbly 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
Use one to lift the dough from its mixing bowl and the second to push the dough onto the burbling stew. Sheri Castle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 Before the war, the area abutting the school had been a little park, complete with burbling fountain. Sabra Ayres, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 The Marais’ fashionable history hinges on the early 17th-century construction of Place des Vosges, an elegant square of chestnut trees, burbling fountains, and grassy lawns, hemmed in by brick-red arcades that first drew the noble class to the neighborhood. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 Chitchat burbled exuberantly in all directions, while Stipe quickly beckoned forward his friend and art-studio manager, David Belisle, to be introduced. Jon Mooallem, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Photography from Alaska, French Polynesia and Greenland is juxtaposed with archival images of industry, political movements and even scenes of life and death, with the sounds of burbling brooks and birdsong heard amid spoken word and occasional song (from Billie Holiday). Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 In interviews with friends, associates and former aides, the consensus was that, more than wholly transforming Mr. Giuliani, his drinking had accelerated a change in his existing alchemy, amplifying qualities that had long burbled within him: conspiracism, gullibility, a weakness for grandeur. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 The villa’s tennis court has been transformed into a swimming pool, surrounded by a magnificent garden with a burbling fountain for relaxing and reading in. Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2023 Earthly life began in the ocean, a development evoked by the video’s suggestions of underwater volcanoes and heat vents, and its burbling soundtrack. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023
The soundtrack of Niu Shack consists of the gentle swoosh of leaves and the burble of the nearby river, which forms a pool-like swimming hole just underneath the property. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 All night long, the soundtrack of existence was the burble and splash of Hat Creek outside my window, but come dawn the birds took over. Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Our bandleader has a wayfaring meander that dances in percussive bursts while his fellow players burble, simmer and sparkle. Christopher R. Weingarten, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 The sporty coupe burbles, crackles and pops with each downshift, a felicitous experience for driver and passenger alike. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 9 Dec. 2023 Our glacial springs burble with the torpor and consistency of a melting pint of Phish Food ice cream. Emma Brewer, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2023 On a typical day, at least twelve million gallons of water burble up from Las Moras Springs, more than enough to fill the million-gallon pool at Fort Clark, a former military post turned resort and retirement community in Brackettville, Texas. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2023 The Coyote has always had a divisive sound: low-end burble, barky midrange, and raspy, rat-a-tat hammer up top. Sam Smith, Car and Driver, 25 Aug. 2023 Soul Glo’s most recent album, last year’s Diaspora Problems, begins with the sound of a water-bong burble set to the rhythm of the 20th Century Fox drumbeat. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 26 June 2023

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Word History



Middle English

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of burble was in the 14th century

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“Burble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burble. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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