See also: Gab, GAB, gãb, and gąb

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gabben, from Old English gabban (to scoff, mock, delude, jest) and Old Norse gabba (to mock, make sport of); both from Proto-Germanic *gabbaną (to mock, jest), from Proto-Indo-European *ghabh- (to be split, be forked, gape). Cognate with Scots gab (to mock, prate), North Frisian gabben (to jest, sport), Middle Dutch gabben (to mock), Middle Low German gabben (to jest, have fun).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡæb/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æb

NounEdit

gab (countable and uncountable, plural gabs)

  1. Idle chatter.
  2. The mouth or gob.
  3. One of the open-forked ends of rods controlling reversing in early steam engines.

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VerbEdit

gab (third-person singular simple present gabs, present participle gabbing, simple past and past participle gabbed)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To jest; to tell lies in jest; exaggerate; lie.
  2. (intransitive) To talk or chatter a lot, usually on trivial subjects.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To speak or tell falsely.

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AmanabEdit

NounEdit

gab

  1. a large dove

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse gap, verbal noun to gapa (to gape).

NounEdit

gab n (singular definite gabet, plural indefinite gab)

  1. mouth, jaws
  2. yawn
  3. gap

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GermanEdit

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gab

  1. first/third-person singular preterite of geben

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old Norse gabb.

NounEdit

gab m (oblique plural gas, nominative singular gas, nominative plural gab)

  1. joke
    • circa 1177, Chrétien de Troyes, Le Chevalier de la Charrette, page 50 (of the Livres de Poche Lettres gothiques edition, →ISBN, line 96:
      Est ce a certes ou a gas?
      Is this certain or in jest?

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