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[jab-er] /ˈdʒæb ər/
verb (used with or without object)
to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.
rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.
Origin of jabber
1490-1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1
Related forms
jabberer, noun
jabberingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The girl began to jabber, incoherently but Martha Foote passed on through the little hall to the door of the bedroom.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • Are you goin' to keep up your jabber when I'm speakin' to the gentlemen?

  • Like many of the animals who fill the Zoo with their strange noises, early man liked to jabber.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • All the difference between us is, that you can jabber Dutch a little.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • There is a quiet resolution over this people at present which makes a most impressive contrast to the jabber of the world outside.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • You stop here a little while, sir, and you will hear him begin to jabber.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • The landlord, in the full career of his own jabber, was stricken mute for a moment.

  • In their jabber of tongues they said things about her as she passed.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • There was a lot of jabber one place about the "Œdipus Complex," for example, but he didn't connect at all.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for jabber


to speak or say rapidly, incoherently, and without making sense; chatter
such talk
Derived Forms
jabberer, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin; compare gibber1
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Word Origin and History for jabber

1650s, spelling variant of Middle English jablen (c.1400), also javeren, jaberen, probably ultimately echoic. Related: Jabbered; jabbering. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jabber



A hypodermic needle (1915+ Narcotics)


To talk incessantly; chatter on (1499+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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