- to talk or chat idly; chatter.
- idle talk; chatter.
Origin of gab1
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- a hook or fork that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.
Origin of gab2
Examples from the Web for gabs
To perdition with the professional man who gabs to his wife!The Return of Peter Grimm
Hugo will hear of no accommodation unless the gabs are performed.
And while he gabs, we'll get the best of the steak and the wine!The Carpet from Bagdad
Now, one night, just before Christmas, he had finished all but the uppermost planking and the gabs.Weird Tales from Northern Seas
To the direct south is the great chott, so shallow that the trail to Gabs can cross it at its widest part.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
- (intr) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter
- idle or trivial talk
- gift of the gab ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
- a hook or open notch in a rod or lever that drops over the spindle of a valve to form a temporary connection for operating the valve
- a pointed tool used in masonry
- Gabon (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for gabs
"to reproach," c.1200, via Scottish and northern England dialect, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse gabba "to mock," or from Old French gabber "mock, boast," both perhaps ultimately imitative. Related: Gabbed; gabbing. Meaning "to talk much" is from 1786, probably a back-formation from gabble.
early 14c., "mockery," from Old French gab, from gaber (see gab (v.)); meaning "idle talk" is from 1737. Gift of the gab "talent for speaking" is from 1680s.
Idioms and Phrases with gabs
see gift of gab.