gabble

verb

gab·​ble ˈga-bəl How to pronounce gabble (audio)
gabbled; gabbling ˈga-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gabble (audio)

intransitive verb

1
: to talk fast or foolishly : jabber
2
: to utter inarticulate or animal sounds

transitive verb

: to say with incoherent rapidity : babble
gabble noun
gabbler noun

Example Sentences

heard her parents' guests still gabbling in the living room late into the night during the filming of the party scene the extras were told to just gabble and act like they were having a great time

Word History

Etymology

probably of imitative origin

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gabble was in 1577

Dictionary Entries Near gabble

Cite this Entry

“Gabble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gabble. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

gabble

verb

gab·​ble ˈgab-əl How to pronounce gabble (audio)
gabbled; gabbling ˈgab-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce gabble (audio)
1
: to talk quickly or foolishly : jabber
2
: to utter sounds that cannot be understood : babble
gabble noun
gabbler noun
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