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)

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

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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


The baby burbled happily in her crib.


the burble of babies can be so endearing

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ever boisterous Trevi Fountain burbles at foot of the Quirinal. Enterprising folk climb up forking alleys to reach the high square outside Palazzo Quirinale, Italy's presidential residence. Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019 Against the wall near the burbling koi pond, a laurel hedge stands in for the nonexistent lawn. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A Yard With No Lawn But Plenty of Greenery," 12 July 2019 Student debt has been burbling among Democrats as an election year issue for some time. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Student debt issue needs more study," 30 June 2019 Most games, the noise burbles in the background, obscured by the team’s propulsive offense and smothering starting pitching. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Will Dodgers’ bullpen doom title hopes? ‘We’re going to figure it out’," 15 June 2019 In her right ear, the news broadcast burbled its comforting hum. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 Abergel is one of a number of Western chefs who have gravitated toward Hong Kong in recent years, adding a dash of culinary boom-town to the already burbling melting pot of Chinese, British, and Portuguese influences. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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


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

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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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