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[blab] /blæb/ Informal.
verb (used with object), blabbed, blabbing.
to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly:
They blabbed my confidences to everyone.
verb (used without object), blabbed, blabbing.
to talk or chatter indiscreetly or thoughtlessly:
Don't confide in him, because he blabs. She blabbed so much I couldn't hear the concert.
idle, indiscreet chattering.
a person who blabs; blabbermouth.
Also, blabber
[blab-er] /ˈblæb ər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of blab
1325-75; Middle English blabbe (noun), perhaps back formation from blaberen to blabber; cognate with Old Norse blabbra, German plappern Unabridged
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  • It oughtn't to be blabbed about, or the Maranovitch might hear enough to make them stop and listen.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Either the under-sheriff had blabbed, or George had been boasting of his diplomacy.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • They know that you blabbed, and that I know it; they know I've had you in the hole.

  • Unfortunately he had slaves who blabbed all his secrets and harmed him.

  • Apart from the fact that he had sworn not to give Graham away, he wasn't the kind that blabbed.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • I blabbed when my wits were gone; but he was very kind all the same.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • Reason they didnt do it, it was blabbed, and the excise pricked up its ears.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • You mean that after them boys has blabbed the whole thing, you won't deny it?

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • The old fool would have blabbed to me what you told him to keep quiet about.

British Dictionary definitions for blabbed


verb blabs, blabbing, blabbed
to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
(intransitive) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle
a less common word for blabber (sense 1), blabber (sense 2)
Derived Forms
blabbing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German blabbizōn, Icelandic blabbra
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Word Origin and History for blabbed



mid-15c., apparently from Middle English noun blabbe "one who does not control his tongue" (late 13c.), probably echoic. Related: Blabbed; blabbing. The exact relationship between the blabs and blabber is difficult to determine. The noun was "[e]xceedingly common in 16th and 17th c.; unusual in literature since c 1750" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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