From Middle English bable, babel, babull, babulle, from Old French babel, baubel (“trinket, child's toy”), most likely a reduplication of bel, ultimately from Latin bellus (“pretty”).
- (UK) IPA(key): [ˈbɔːbəɫ]
- (Scots) IPA(key): [ˈbɒbəɫ]
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɔbəl/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈbɑbəl/
- Rhymes: -ɔːbəl
- Homophone: bobble (in accents with the cot-caught merger)
bauble (plural baubles)
- A cheap showy ornament piece of jewellery; a gewgaw.
- 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter 8, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, →OCLC:
- […] as to the bauble on which the chief proof rests, if she had earnestly desired it, I should have willingly given it to her, so much do I esteem and value her.
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 6, in The History of Pendennis. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
- Have none before or after him staked all their treasure of life, as a savage does his land and possessions against a draught of the fair-skins’ fire-water, or a couple of bauble eyes?
- 1977, Jimmy Webb (lyrics and music), “Highwayman”:
- Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade.
- (figuratively, by extension) Anything trivial and worthless.
- 1841, The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist, page 186:
- His hind quarters were likewise short, and not racinglike, and taken as a specimen of the horse, he was a mere bauble when looked at by the side of an English race-horse, much less a hunter.
- A small shiny spherical decoration, commonly put on Christmas trees.
- A club or sceptre carried by a jester.
- (showy ornament): See also: Thesaurus:trinket
cheap showy ornament piece of jewellery
small shiny spherical decoration, commonly put on Christmas trees
club or sceptre carried by a jester
- bauble on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Bauble in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)