- to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
- to speak foolishly; chatter.
- gibbering utterance.
Origin of gibber
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Examples from the Web for gibber
She had expected that some demon within him would spring out and gibber.The Paliser case
Such a quality there must be unless when we use the term "works of art" we gibber.Pot-Boilers
I tell you what, Baron, you blunder in love as you gibber in French.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
Honore de Balzac
Persis looked at him, wondering if he had gone mad and begun to gibber.What Will People Say?
A monkey chained in one corner began to gibber and mow at me.A Gentleman of France
- to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
- (intr) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
- a less common word for gibberish
C17: of imitative origin
- a stone or boulder
- (modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stonesgibber plains
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for gibber
c.1600, probably a back-formation from gibberish. Related: Gibbered; gibbering.
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