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

Definition of jabber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly

transitive verb

: to speak rapidly or indistinctly



Definition of jabber (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from jabber


jabberer \ ˈja-​bər-​ər How to pronounce jabber (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
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, 28 July 2019 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, 22 June 2018 On the hourlong ride home, Jadon played with a ball while big brother Aza jabbered for much of the time. CNN, 7 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti is getting in on the jibber jabber with some Michigan staffers in this clip. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2021 To paint like that required a meditative focus that was miles from my own internal jabber. Molly Crabapple, The New York Review of Books, 8 July 2021 An older Black man perpetually annoyed by Sterling and Blair's jabber — particularly about the ups and downs of their romances — Bowser only takes on the underage twins as his protégés because the premise of the show demands it. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Aug. 2020 But that’s just verbal jabber mixed with persuasion and cheerleading. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 Other studies on the subject of the marijuana munchies show that, in spite of all the jibber-jabber about health and wellness in the cannabis community, most cannabis users still want junk food when they are stoned. Mike Adams, chicagotribune.com, 23 Sep. 2019 Apparently, all this talk of darkness sprung from some jibber jabber about a solar eclipse. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of jabber


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jabber


Middle English jaberen, of imitative origin

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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?



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