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babble

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English babelen, from Old English *bæblian, also wæflian (to talk foolishly), from Proto-Germanic *babalōną (to chatter), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰa-bʰa-, *baba- (to talk vaguely, mumble). Cognate with Old Frisian babbelje (to babble), Old Norse babbla (to babble) (Swedish babbla), Middle Low German babbelen (to babble), Dutch babbelen (to babble), German pappeln and babbeln (to babble).

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NounEdit

babble (uncountable)

  1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
    • 1634, John Milton, Comus, a Mask, line 823:
    • "This is mere moral babble."
  2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
    • The babble of our young children. - Darwin.
  3. A sound like that of water gently flowing around obstructions.

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babble (third-person singular simple present babbles, present participle babbling, simple past and past participle babbled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles.
  2. (intransitive) To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
  3. (intransitive) To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
  4. (intransitive) To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
    Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they are too noisy after having found a good scent.
  5. (transitive) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
  6. (transitive) To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.

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VerbEdit

babble

  1. First-person singular present of babbeln.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of babbeln.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of babbeln.
  4. Imperative singular of babbeln.