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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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  • 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


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 gibbering



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

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