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bab·ble

 (băb′əl)
v. bab·bled, bab·bling, bab·bles
v.intr.
1. To utter a meaningless confusion of words or sounds: Babies babble before they can talk.
2. To talk foolishly or idly; chatter: "As I babbled on ... I did not notice that my parents, in the front seat, had fallen completely silent" (Oliver Sacks).
3. To make a continuous low, murmuring sound, as flowing water.
v.tr.
1. To utter rapidly and indistinctly: "Toward the end he babbled old stories, randomly cobbled together" (Julia Whitty).
2. To blurt out impulsively; disclose without careful consideration.
n.
1. Inarticulate or meaningless talk or sounds.
2. Idle or foolish talk; chatter.
3. A continuous low, murmuring sound, as of flowing water.

[Middle English babelen.]

babble

(ˈbæbəl)
vb
1. to utter (words, sounds, etc) in an incoherent or indistinct jumble
2. (intr) to talk foolishly, incessantly, or irrelevantly
3. (tr) to disclose (secrets, confidences, etc) carelessly or impulsively
4. (intr) (of streams, birds, etc) to make a low murmuring or bubbling sound
n
5. incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
6. a murmuring or bubbling sound
[C13: compare Dutch babbelen, Swedish babbla, French babiller to prattle, Latin babulus fool; probably all of imitative origin]
ˈbabblement n
ˈbabbling n, adj

bab•ble

(ˈbæb əl)

v. -bled, -bling,
n. v.i.
1. to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
2. to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
3. to make a continuous murmuring sound.
v.t.
4. to utter in an incoherent or meaningless fashion.
5. to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.
n.
6. inarticulate or imperfect speech.
7. foolish or incoherent speech; prattle.
8. a murmuring sound or sounds.
[1200–50; Middle English babelen, of expressive orig.; compare Middle Low German babbelen]
bab′bler, n.

Babble

 barbers collectivelyLipton, 1970

babble


Past participle: babbled
Gerund: babbling

Imperative
babble
babble
Present
I babble
you babble
he/she/it babbles
we babble
you babble
they babble
Preterite
I babbled
you babbled
he/she/it babbled
we babbled
you babbled
they babbled
Present Continuous
I am babbling
you are babbling
he/she/it is babbling
we are babbling
you are babbling
they are babbling
Present Perfect
I have babbled
you have babbled
he/she/it has babbled
we have babbled
you have babbled
they have babbled
Past Continuous
I was babbling
you were babbling
he/she/it was babbling
we were babbling
you were babbling
they were babbling
Past Perfect
I had babbled
you had babbled
he/she/it had babbled
we had babbled
you had babbled
they had babbled
Future
I will babble
you will babble
he/she/it will babble
we will babble
you will babble
they will babble
Future Perfect
I will have babbled
you will have babbled
he/she/it will have babbled
we will have babbled
you will have babbled
they will have babbled
Future Continuous
I will be babbling
you will be babbling
he/she/it will be babbling
we will be babbling
you will be babbling
they will be babbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been babbling
you have been babbling
he/she/it has been babbling
we have been babbling
you have been babbling
they have been babbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been babbling
you will have been babbling
he/she/it will have been babbling
we will have been babbling
you will have been babbling
they will have been babbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been babbling
you had been babbling
he/she/it had been babbling
we had been babbling
you had been babbling
they had been babbling
Conditional
I would babble
you would babble
he/she/it would babble
we would babble
you would babble
they would babble
Past Conditional
I would have babbled
you would have babbled
he/she/it would have babbled
we would have babbled
you would have babbled
they would have babbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babble - gibberish resembling the sounds of a babybabble - gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking
Verb1.babble - utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way; "The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
2.babble - to talk foolishlybabble - to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
3.babble - flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noisebabble - flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise; "babbling brooks"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
gurgle - make sounds similar to gurgling water; "The baby gurgled with satisfaction when the mother tickled it"
4.babble - divulge confidential information or secretsbabble - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
talk, spill - reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"

babble

verb
1. gabble, chatter, gush, spout, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), splutter, gaggle, burble, prattle, gibber, rabbit on (Brit. informal), jabber, prate They all babbled simultaneously.
2. gurgle, lap, bubble, splash, murmur, ripple, burble, plash a brook babbling only yards from the door
noun
1. gabble, chatter, burble, prattle, blabber He couldn't make himself heard above the babble.
2. gibberish, waffle (informal, chiefly Brit.), drivel, twaddle lots of babble about strategies and tactics

babble

verb
1. To talk rapidly, incoherently, or indistinctly:
2. To talk volubly, persistently, and usually inconsequentially:
Informal: go on, spiel.
Slang: gab, gas, jaw, yak.
noun
2. Incessant and usually inconsequential talk:
Slang: gab, gas, yak.
Translations
ثَرْثَره ، خَريريُثَرثِر، يَتَكَلَّم بِحَماقَهيخرِّ
blábolbubláníbublatžvanit
ævleklukkekneverpalaverplabre
csobogcsobogásgügyöggügyögés
hjal, bablmasa, òvælaniîa
čiurlenimasčiurlentiplepėtitaukštitauškimas
burbuļošanaburbuļotčalošanačalotpļāpāšana
bublaniebublať
ağzında gevelemekboş lâfçağıldamakçağıltıgevezelik

babble

[ˈbæbl]
A. N [of baby] → balbuceo m; [of stream] → murmullo m (= small talk) → cháchara f
a babble of voices arosese oyó un murmullo de voces
B. VI
1. [person] (= talk to excess) → parlotear; (= gossip) → chismorrear, cotillear
2. [baby] → balbucear; [stream] → murmurar
C. VTdecir balbuceando
babble away babble on VI + ADVhablar sin parar

babble

[ˈbæbəl]
vi
[baby] → babiller
[person] (= speak at length) to babble on about sth → débiter des banalités sur qch
n (= sound) [conversation] → bavardage m; [baby] → babillage m
a babble of voices → un brouhaha de voix psychobabble, techno-babble

babble

n
Gemurmel nt; (of baby, excited person etc)Geplapper nt; babble (of voices)Stimmengewirr nt
(of stream)Murmeln nt no pl (liter), → Plätschern nt no pl
vi
(person)plappern, quasseln (inf); (baby)plappern, lallen; don’t babble, speak slowlynicht so schnell, rede langsam; the other actress tended to babbledie andere Schauspielerin neigte dazu, ihren Text herunterzurasseln
(stream)murmeln (liter), → plätschern

babble

[ˈbæbl]
1. n (of voices) → mormorio; (of baby) → balbettio; (of stream) → gorgoglio; (foolish) → ciance fpl
2. vi (indistinctly) → farfugliare; (chatter) → cianciare; (baby) → balbettare; (stream) → gorgogliare

babble

(ˈbӕbl) verb
1. to talk indistinctly or foolishly. What are you babbling about now?
2. to make a continuous and indistinct noise. The stream babbled over the pebbles.
noun
such talk or noises.

babble

n. balbuceo;
v. balbucear.

babble

(ped) n balbuceo; vi balbucear
References in classic literature ?
The stranger began to babble and made a prophecy concerning the child that lay in the arms of the agnostic.
As none such is on record, it is safe to assume that none existed Tradition,--which sometimes brings down truth that history has let slip, but is oftener the wild babble of the time, such as was formerly spoken at the fireside and now congeals in newspapers,--tradition is responsible for all contrary averments.
Projectors who had discovered every kind of remedy for the little evils with which the State was touched, except the remedy of setting to work in earnest to root out a single sin, poured their distracting babble into any ears they could lay hold of, at the reception of Monseigneur.
Babble not so fast, man," quoth Umslopogaas, "or if you must babble, speak those words which you would say ere you bid the sun farewell.
I can wind my horn, though I call not the blast either a recheate or a morte I can cheer my dogs on the prey, and I can flay and quarter the animal when it is brought down, without using the newfangled jargon of curee, arbor, nombles, and all the babble of the fabulous Sir Tristrem.
As they went down into the valley of the Thyme, the babble of the stream rose into the air like a perennial laughter.
I am by no means such a mirthful person as you imagine, or as you may imagine; however, irritated by all this babble (and I feel that you are irritated) you think fit to ask me who I am--then my answer is, I am a collegiate assessor.
Remember, if you talk, if you babble, if you get drunk, you risk your master's head, who has so much confidence in your fidelity, and who answers for you.
Has the wine been getting into your head, or do you always babble in this way?
In the darkness he saw visions of a thou- sand-tongued fear that would babble at his back and cause him to flee, while others were going coolly about their country's business.
Summon to your aid your reason, and cease to babble of trifles.
After all, Adam was the best person who could have happened to see him and Hetty together--he was a sensible fellow, and would not babble about it to other people.