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  1. idle, Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
    • "This is mere moral ." Milton.
      1. inarticulate, Inarticulate speech, such as was used at the building the tower of Babel; constant or confused murmur.
    • The of our young children. - Darwin.
    • The of the stream. - Tennyson.
      1. A sound of or alike that which of flowing water.
verb (babbl, ing)
  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.
  • In every babbling brook he finds a friend. - Wordsworth.
Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they are too noisy after having found a good scent.
  1. (transitive) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
  • These words he used to in all companies. - Arbuthnot.
    1. (transitive) To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
  • Etymology: Confer Late German babbeln; babbelen; German bappeln, bappern; babiller; Italian babbolare; probable origin, to keep saying ba, imitative of a child learning to talk; confer tower of Babel.

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