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intr.v. gabbed, gab·bing, gabs
To talk idly or incessantly, as about trivial matters.
Idle talk; chatter.
[Middle English gabben, to scoff, speak foolishly, from Old Norse gabba, to scoff, perhaps of imitative origin or akin to gapa, to gape.]
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vb, gabs, gabbing or gabbed
(intr) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter
1. idle or trivial talk
2. gift of the gab ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
[C18: variant of Northern dialect gob mouth, probably from Irish Gaelic gob beak, mouth]
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a hook or open notch in a rod or lever that drops over the spindle of a valve to form a temporary connection for operating the valve
2. (Tools) a pointed tool used in masonry
[C18: probably from Flemish gabbe notch, gash]
(Automotive Engineering) Gabon (international car registration)
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v. gabbed, gab•bing,
n. Informal. v.i.
1. to talk or chat idly.n.
2. idle talk; chatter.
[1780–90; compare gabble]
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gab- In mechanics, a hook or a notch in a rod or lever that then engages with a pin or needle.
See also related terms for needle.
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Past participle: gabbed
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|Noun||1.||gab - light informal conversation for social occasions|
causerie, chin wag, chin wagging, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chit chat, chitchat, chit-chat, gabfest, gossip, small talk, tittle-tattle
|Verb||1.||gab - talk profusely; "she was yakking away about her grandchildren"|
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the gift of the gab eloquence, fluency, expressiveness, way with words, persuasiveness, forcefulness They are naturally good salesmen with the gift of the gab.
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n → Gequassel nt (inf), → Geschwätz nt; to have a gab → (zusammen) quatschen (inf); to have a gab about something → etw bequatschen (inf); to have the gift of the gab (= talk a lot) → wie ein Wasserfall reden (inf); (= be persuasive) → reden können, nicht auf den Mund gefallen sein
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gab[gæb] n (fam) to have the gift of the gab → avere parlantina
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