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v. bab·bled, bab·bling, bab·bles
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.
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.
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.]
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|Noun||1.||babbling - gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby|
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