Definitions for babbleˈbæb əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bab•bleˈbæb əl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling
(v.i.)to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
to make a continuous murmuring sound.
(v.t.)to utter in an incoherent or meaningless fashion.
to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly:
to babble a secret.
(n.)inarticulate or imperfect speech.
foolish or incoherent speech; prattle.
a murmuring sound or sounds.
Origin of babble:
1200–50; ME babelen, of expressive orig.; cf. MLG babbelen
babble, babbling, lallation(verb)
gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
"The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"
babble, blather, smatter, blether, blither(verb)
to talk foolishly
"The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
ripple, babble, guggle, burble, bubble, gurgle(verb)
flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise
spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out(verb)
divulge confidential information or secrets
"Be careful--his secretary talks"
Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
A sound of or alike that which of flowing water.
To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles.
To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
Origin: From babelen, from *, also wæflian, from babalōnan, from bʰa-bʰa-. Cognate with babbelje, babbla ( babbla), babbelen, babbelen, pappeln and babbeln.
to utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles
to talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words
to talk much; to chatter; to prate
to make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones
to utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding
to disclose by too free talk, as a secret
idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle
inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur
Translations for babble
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to talk indistinctly or foolishly
What are you babbling about now?
- يُثَرثِر، يَتَكَلَّم بِحَماقَهArabic
- tagarelarPortuguese (BR)
- vrøvle; ævle; plabre; sludreDanish
- μουρμουρίζω ακατάληπταGreek
- murmullar, murmurar, barbotarSpanish
- ور زدنFarsi
- bafouiller, bavarderFrench
- לְפַטפֵּט, לְבַרְבֵּרHebrew
- brbljati, blebetatiCroatian
- mengoceh, mengobrolIndonesian
- balbettare, barbugliareItalian
- 서투른 말로 지껄이다Korean
- plepėti, taukštiLithuanian
- pļāpāt; vāvuļotLatvian
- bable, sludre, skravleNorwegian
- سخن نامفهوم گفتن، فاش کردن، سخن بيهودهPersian
- د ماشومانو په شان خبرې كول، پرتې ويل، اپلتې ويلPashto
- a bolborosi; a trăncăniRomanian
- бормотать, болтатьRussian
- saçma sapan konuşmak, ağzında gevelemekTurkish
- 胡言亂語，喃喃自語Chinese (Trad.)
- бурмотіти; базікатиUkrainian
- بک بک کرناUrdu
- nói lảm nhảmVietnamese
- 唠叨，喋喋不休，胡言乱语Chinese (Simp.)
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