Confer Late German babbeln; Dutch babbelen; German bappeln, bappern; French babiller; Italian babbolare; probable origin, to keep saying ba, imitative of a child learning to talk; confer tower of Babel.
- Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
- "This is mere moral babble." John Milton.
- Inarticulate speech, such as was used at the building the tower of Babel; constant or confused murmur.
- A sound of or alike that which of flowing water.
- See also Wikisaurus:chatter
Third person singular
- (intransitive) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles.
- (intransitive) To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
- (intransitive) To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
- (intransitive) To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
- In every babbling brook he finds a friend. - William Wordsworth.
- Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they are too noisy after having found a good scent.
- (transitive) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
- These words he used to babble in all companies. - John Arbuthnot.
- (transitive) To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
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