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jabber

[jab-er] /ˈdʒæb ər/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.
noun
2.
rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.
Origin of jabber
1490-1500
1490-1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1
Related forms
jabberer, noun
jabberingly, adverb
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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.

    Stubble

    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

jabber

/ˈdʒæbə/
verb
1.
to speak or say rapidly, incoherently, and without making sense; chatter
noun
2.
such talk
Derived Forms
jabberer, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin; compare gibber1
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Word Origin and History for jabber
v.

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

jabber

noun

A hypodermic needle (1915+ Narcotics)

verb

To talk incessantly; chatter on (1499+)

Related Terms

jibber-jabber

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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