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[jib-er, gib-] /ˈdʒɪb ər, ˈgɪb-/
verb (used without object)
to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
to speak foolishly; chatter.
gibbering utterance.
Origin of gibber
1595-1605; origin uncertain; perhaps frequentative of gib (obsolete) to caterwaul (see gib2); sense and pronunciation influenced by association with jabber Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gibber
Historical Examples
  • She had expected that some demon within him would spring out and gibber.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Such a quality there must be unless when we use the term "works of art" we gibber.


    Clive Bell
  • I tell you what, Baron, you blunder in love as you gibber in French.

  • Persis looked at him, wondering if he had gone mad and begun to gibber.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • A monkey chained in one corner began to gibber and mow at me.

    A Gentleman of France Stanley Weyman
  • What lot or what part has her glory in madmen who gibber and shriek?

  • Never a word they said, never a sound from the mouths that seemed to gibber.

  • To do so, with all those noises fraying the edges of her brain, would be to gibber!

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • The teachers, who must gibber with lunatics, are by no means to blame for these exercises.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • "We ought to get up a testimonial and give it to him, because he did not gibber," said Blanche.

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for gibber


to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
(intransitive) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
a less common word for gibberish
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin


noun (Austral)
a stone or boulder
(modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stones: gibber plains
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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