- foolish or meaningless chatter; prattle: the constant babbling of idle gossips.
- the random production of meaningless vocal sounds characteristic of infants after about the sixth week.
- chattering or prattling aimlessly.
Origin of babbling
- 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.
- to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
- to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.
Origin of babble
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Examples from the Web for babbling
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
I realize now that I spoke to her in paragraphs, babbling on and on, while she talked sparingly but concisely.Marilyn and Me: On the 50th Anniversary of Monroe’s Death
August 5, 2012
Children splash around in the babbling river where the infection began, women washing and bathing on rocks in the sun.United Nations Still Denies its Troops Brought Cholera to Haiti
Jonathan M. Katz
April 4, 2012
There was no babbling brook in the background—just the sound of New York traffic.Wedding Bells at N.Y. City Hall
July 25, 2011
Her eyes were alight, and she was babbling away to her aunt.The Incomplete Amorist
You're afraid of my making you split upon some of your babbling just now, are you, Sneak?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Or if he did, he was diplomatic enough not to jeopardize his post by babbling of it to me.
Plainly the babblers were approaching along that entry and babbling as they came.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It was his babbling about Dom Diego that had ruined the genial old physician.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- to utter (words, sounds, etc) in an incoherent or indistinct jumble
- (intr) to talk foolishly, incessantly, or irrelevantly
- (tr) to disclose (secrets, confidences, etc) carelessly or impulsively
- (intr) (of streams, birds, etc) to make a low murmuring or bubbling sound
- incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
- a murmuring or bubbling sound
Word Origin and History for babbling
mid-13c., babeln "to prattle, chatter," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. Swedish babbla, Old French babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, in any case (cf. Latin babulus "babbler," Greek barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses" [OED]. Meaning "to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly" is attested from c.1400. Related: Babbled; babbling.
"idle talk," c.1500, from babble (v.). In 16c., commonly in reduplicated form bibble-babble.