gib·​ber ˈji-bər How to pronounce gibber (audio)
gibbered; gibbering ˈji-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce gibber (audio)

intransitive verb

: to speak rapidly, inarticulately, and often foolishly
gibber noun

Examples of gibber in a Sentence

What are they gibbering about now? Calm down! You sound like a gibbering idiot!
Recent Examples on the Web But when the disheveled, withdrawn ex-friend shows up in the locker room gibbering about an evil spirit, Sam is mortified, impulsively knocking to the ground the grungy-looking Mason jar that Tamira has been carrying around. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 18 Sep. 2023 For a while, police interest bent toward a Phud who had been warned he might be eliminated from the program, who had seemed almost exultant about the fire and gibbered gleefully about the media spotlight. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2018 Or is Tucker Carlson the exact opposite of a journalist and his broadcast the Platonic ideal of gibbering insanity? Amanda Arnold, The Cut, 9 Apr. 2018 Mr. Eno is well aware of such dangers, and of all the other gibbering clichés people are reduced to when contemplating their ultimate ends. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2017 In issue two, Chang wanders around gibbering like a raw-meat lunatic while his skin tries to escape the little girl, who's keeping it as a pet. Maurice Martin, WIRED, 1 Mar. 2002

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Word History



First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gibber was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Gibber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


gib·​ber ˈjib-ər How to pronounce gibber (audio)
gibbered; gibbering -(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce gibber (audio)
: to speak rapidly and often foolishly
gibber noun

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