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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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  • Then a whole string of jabber and arm wavin', with some countin' in the middle of it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Never heard in all my travels such a jabber about wives and kids.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Are you goin' to keep up your jabber when I'm speakin' to the gentlemen?

  • All the difference between us is, that you can jabber Dutch a little.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • You stop here a little while, sir, and you will hear him begin to jabber.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • There is a little consultation and jabber, when I am told that I can have both for a franc.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • In their jabber of tongues they said things about her as she passed.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • He was quite close to her and in the jabber of voices she was silent.


    George Looms
  • When we left a week later, he could jabber intelligently with any savage he met.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
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.
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