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1. A gurgling or bubbling sound, as of running water.
2. A rapid, excited flow of speech.
3. A separation in the boundary layer of fluid about a moving streamlined body, such as the wing of an airplane, causing a breakdown in the smooth flow of fluid and resulting in turbulence.
intr.v. bur·bled, bur·bling, bur·bles
1. To bubble; gurgle.
2. To speak quickly and excitedly; gush.

[Middle English burblen, to bubble.]

bur′bler n.
bur′bly adj.


1. the bubbling or gurgling sound of water
2. (Poetry) the bubbling or gurgling sound of water
3. a flow of excited speech
4. making a bubbling or gurgling sound
5. talking in a quick excited manner
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.burbling - uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm; "a novel told in burbly panting tones"
lively - full of life and energy; "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"


Emitting a murmuring sound felt to resemble a laugh:
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Bugles sounded, mono-rail cars of quiet soldiers slithered burbling by.
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At the edge of a village with swags of roses, twisting lanes and a burbling river, this 400-year-old pub combines the best of both worlds.
Even letting loose, as she does here, there's always a sense of even more burbling beneath the music.
The picturesque patch of burbling water sits in the rural Sirhowy Valley and is set to spark a bidding frenzy.
It was burbling away on the telly in the corner while I was doing my Tax Return on the kitchen table.
The scenic burbling lava fountains of Kilauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii, belie the mountain's volatile nature.
The most vividly - or garishly - drawn character is Siobhan Sharpe (Hynes), a babbling and burbling public relations idiot who emits as much hot air and speaks as much common sense as Boris Johnson on one of his particularly stupid and nonsensical days.
When basses James Birchall and Andrew Kidd had a chance to shine, in the duet The Lord is a Man of War, the music accompanying the aggressively martial text was laughably inappropriate, a gentle pastoral with burbling oboe and clarinet.
Just weeks ago Cameron's Conservatives were burbling on about how they would cut back the role of the state - but people need a Government like Labour that is on their side, not one that would just leave them on their own.
The poor boy's got so deluded that he sits at his bomb-proof desk behind a pair of Ray-Bans, burbling half-remembered John le Carre.
Whether through the Quranic imagery of the slinking, burbling "Akbar Virgin" or the cleverly minimalist cover of the late Gwen Guthrie's classic "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent," Clay skillfully manages to keep it light when the concepts get heavy.