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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babbling - gibberish resembling the sounds of a babybabbling - gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking

babbling

adjective
Emitting a murmuring sound felt to resemble a laugh:
Translations

babbling

[ˈbæblɪŋ]
A. ADJ [person] → hablador; [baby] → balbuceante; [stream] → que murmura, músico
B. N = babble A

babbling

adj brookmurmelnd (liter), → plätschernd

babbling

[ˈbæblɪŋ] adj (stream) → che gorgoglia
References in classic literature ?
As he went along in the darkness under the trees he forgot the babbling voice of the stranger and his mind returned to the making of arguments by which he might de- stroy men's faith in God.
Hawkeye, leaving the blind path that the Hurons had followed, turned short to his right, and entering the thicket, he crossed a babbling brook, and halted in a narrow dell, under the shade of a few water elms.
Now, sir, if the fugutive alight in some distant town, and find all the people babbling about that self-same dead man, whom he has fled so far to avoid the sight and thought of, will you not allow that his natural rights have been infringed?
Emboldened by this, the Captain reiterated his demand to the rest, but Steelkilt shouted up to him a terrific hint to stop his babbling and betake himself where he belonged.
Roxana stood awhile looking mutely down on him while he writhed in shame and went on incoherently babbling self-accusations mixed with pitiful attempts at explanation and palliation of his crime; then she seated herself and took off her hat, and her unkept masses of long brown hair tumbled down about her shoulders.
Dick, who had dropped behind us and now brought up the rear, was babbling to himself both prayers and curses as his fever kept rising.
By the Bull that bought me," said Mowgli, who was trying to get at the shoulder, "must I stay babbling to an old ape all noon?
Of course I might have been a babbling brook for all the intelligence my speech carried to him, but he understood the action with which I immediately followed my words.
He would neither desist from his attacks on the food nor from his noisy babbling to himself.
The babbling man was grazed by a shot that made the blood stream widely down his face.
But how innocently those women are babbling together, without guessing that we overhear them
I say, what a babbling body-snatcher that Beagle-boy is