gab|ble1 [ `gæbl ] verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL
to speak or say something very quickly and without making your meaning clear, usually because you are nervous or excited
gab|ble 2 [ `gæbl ] noun
singular the sound of a lot of people talking very quickly at the same time
a. singular or uncount words that someone says very quickly and without making their meaning clear, usually because they are nervous or excited

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  • Gabble — Gab ble, n. 1. Loud or rapid talk without meaning. [1913 Webster] Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud Among the builders. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Inarticulate sounds rapidly uttered; as of fowls. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gabble — Gab ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gabbling}.] [Freq. of gab. See {Gab}, v. i.] 1. To talk fast, or to talk without meaning; to prate; to jabber. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity; used of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gabble — index prattle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gabble — vb babble, gab, chatter, *chat, patter, prate, prattle, jabber, gibber …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gabble — ► VERB ▪ talk rapidly and unintelligibly. ► NOUN ▪ rapid, unintelligible talk. DERIVATIVES gabbler noun. ORIGIN Dutch gabbelen …   English terms dictionary

  • gabble — [gab′əl] vi. gabbled, gabbling [freq. of GAB] 1. to talk rapidly and incoherently; jabber; chatter 2. to utter rapid, meaningless sounds, as a goose does vt. to utter rapidly and incoherently n. rapid, incoherent talk or meaningless utterance… …   English World dictionary

  • gabble — {{11}}gabble (n.) c.1600, from GABBLE (Cf. gabble) (v.). {{12}}gabble (v.) 1570s, frequentative of GAB (Cf. gab) (q.v.), or else imitative. Related: Gabbled; gabbling …   Etymology dictionary

  • gabble — gab|ble1 [ˈgæbəl] v past tense and past participle gabbled present participle gabbling [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch gabbelen] to say something so quickly that people cannot hear you clearly or understand you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gabble — 1 verb gabbled, gabbling (I, T) to say something so quickly that people cannot hear you or understand you properly: Just calm down, stop gabbling, and tell me what has happened. | gabble away/on: Gina tends to gabble away when she s excited. 2… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gabble — I UK [ˈɡæb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms gabble : present tense I/you/we/they gabble he/she/it gabbles present participle gabbling past tense gabbled past participle gabbled informal to speak or say something very quickly… …   English dictionary

  • gabble — verb (gabbled; gabbling) Etymology: probably of imitative origin Date: 1577 intransitive verb 1. to talk fast or foolishly ; jabber 2. to utter inarticulate or animal sounds transitive verb to say with incoherent rapidity ; babble • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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