jabber

verb
jab·​ber | \ˈja-bər \
jabbered; jabbering\ ˈja-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of jabber 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly

transitive verb

: to speak rapidly or indistinctly

jabber

noun

Definition of jabber (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from jabber

Verb

jabberer \ ˈja-​bər-​ər \ noun

Examples of jabber in a Sentence

Verb

They jabbered away for hours. She rushed into the room jabbering something about a dog.

Noun

to me the baby's speech was simply jabber, but his mother claimed to know exactly what he was saying
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The line about the locker room jabbering caught the attention of several lawmakers with whom Fox spoke. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Jim Jordan, facing accusations of ignoring sexual abuse, faces political crisis," 7 July 2018 But the sounds of residents enjoying the park during the performance also became part of the piece: jabbering boys with bikes; mothers with babies in strollers; toddlers who approached the singers to hear booming operatic tones close up. New York Times, "A Musical Solstice Spectacle Sprawls Across New York," 22 June 2018 There’s no long wait ’cause I’ve already clocked it while everyone’s going [jabbering] meh-meh-meh. J.j. Gould, The New Republic, "Wrong ’Em Boyo," 22 Mar. 2018 The only way to get beyond jabbering to ourselves about free trade, and humanitarian intervention absent any concern for the life of the nation itself, was this man whose popularity finally exploded our elite consensus. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Was It for This?," 17 Jan. 2018 On the hourlong ride home, Jadon played with a ball while big brother Aza jabbered for much of the time. CNN, "The formerly conjoined McDonald twins' amazing journey home," 7 Sep. 2017 This was a game full of weird little pauses, referee conversations, referee corrections, weird calls, many free throws, jabbering and technical fouls. Tim Kawakami, The Mercury News, "Kawakami: The imperfect game for Warriors, refs and everybody except Cavs," 9 June 2017 Andrew Garland, as the terminally ill Prior, sings with confidence, as does Aaron Blake as Louis, his shifty boyfriend — here a smoother talker (and singer) than Mr. Kushner’s jabbering hysteric. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: ‘Angels in America,’ Carved to the Bone and Into an Opera," 11 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Apparently, all this talk of darkness sprung from some jibber jabber about a solar eclipse. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions don't let solar eclipse keep them in the dark," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of jabber

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jabber

Verb

Middle English jaberen, of imitative origin

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The first known use of jabber was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for jabber

jabber

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jabber

: to talk in a fast, unclear, or foolish way

jabber

verb
jab·​ber | \ˈja-bər \
jabbered; jabbering

Kids Definition of jabber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk too fast or not clearly enough to be understood What are you jabbering about?

jabber

noun

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