jabber

verb
jab·​ber | \ ˈja-bər How to pronounce jabber (audio) \
jabbered; jabbering\ ˈja-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce jabbering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce jabberer (audio) \ 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

Politicians and pundits spent the evening in those little boxes on TV, jabbering about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin — but Robert Mueller isn’t one of them. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019 Politicians and pundits spent the evening in those little boxes on TV, jabbering about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin — but Robert Mueller isn’t one of them. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019 Politicians and pundits spent the evening in those little boxes on TV, jabbering about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin — but Robert Mueller isn’t one of them. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019 Politicians and pundits spent the evening in those little boxes on TV, jabbering about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin — but Robert Mueller isn’t one of them. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Dems should be blaming themselves," 28 July 2019 Politicians and pundits spent the evening in those little boxes on TV, jabbering about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin — but Robert Mueller isn’t one of them. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Democrats suffer anxiety attacks over Robert Mueller testimony, and blame him rather than themselves," 25 July 2019 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

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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jabber

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jabber

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

jabber

verb
jab·​ber | \ ˈja-bər How to pronounce jabber (audio) \
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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