gab

verb
\ ˈgab How to pronounce gab (audio) \
gabbed; gabbing

Definition of gab

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to talk in a rapid or thoughtless manner : chatter

Definition of gab (Entry 2 of 3)

: talk especially : idle talk

Definition of gab (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from gab

Verb

gabber noun

Examples of gab in a Sentence

Verb spent the time she should have been working gabbing with friends instead

First Known Use of gab

Verb

1786, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1761, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gab

Verb

of uncertain origin

Note: Perhaps continuing a divergent sense of Middle English gabben "to speak mockingly, scoff, tell lies" (borrowed from Anglo-French gaber "to mock, sneer at," ultimately from Old Norse gabba) if occurrences in Chaucer, perhaps meaning "to speak foolishly, talk nonsense," are the same verb. However, the scarcity of attestation between Chaucer and the 18th century, when gab appears in Scots, suggests that Modern English gab is a new onomatopoeic formation, akin to gabble.

Noun (1)

derivative of gab entry 1

Noun (2)

by shortening

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The first known use of gab was in 1761

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gab

verb
How to pronounce gab (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gab

informal : to talk a lot in an informal way usually about things that are not important or serious

gab

verb
\ ˈgab How to pronounce gab (audio) \
gabbed; gabbing

Kids Definition of gab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk in a relaxed way about unimportant things : chat

gab

noun

Kids Definition of gab (Entry 2 of 2)

: talk about unimportant things

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