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gibber

[jib-er, gib-] /ˈdʒɪb ər, ˈgɪb-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
2.
to speak foolishly; chatter.
noun
3.
gibbering utterance.
Origin of gibber
1595-1605
1595-1605; origin uncertain; perhaps frequentative of gib (obsolete) to caterwaul (see gib2); sense and pronunciation influenced by association with jabber
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  • Of what value was the life of a raving, gibbering maniac to himself or the world in general?

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • "You be a brave Buckra," said she, in her gibbering English.

  • Often in the lonely hours of the night we could hear them gibbering with a sort of wild, hollow laugh among the distant trees.

  • Shake up, you gibbering fools; luff her a bit and make fast.

    The Iron Pirate Max Pemberton
  • But he rapidly recovered and came on at me, gibbering like an incensed baboon.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • Our society is becoming a veritable babel of gibbering crowds.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • Through some section of History, Nineteen spectre-chimeras shall flit, speaking and gibbering; till Oblivion swallow them.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • With knocking knees and gibbering to himself, he went about feeding the others.

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • Bell had looked into it, and had shot the gibbering Thing that had been its occupant, as an act of pure mercy.

British Dictionary definitions for gibbering

gibber1

/ˈdʒɪbə/
verb
1.
to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
2.
(intransitive) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
noun
3.
a less common word for gibberish
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin

gibber2

/ˈɡɪbə/
noun (Austral)
1.
a stone or boulder
2.
(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 gibbering

gibber

v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from gibberish. Related: Gibbered; gibbering.

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