- idle, Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
- "This is mere moral ." Milton.
- 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.
- A sound of or alike that which of flowing water.
verb (babbl, ing)
- German: Brabbeln , Murmeln
- Dutch: brabbelen, murmelen
- (intransitive) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as, a child babbles.
- (intransitive) To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
- (intransitive) To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- German: plí¤tschern, gurgeln
- Dutch: kabbelen
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