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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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  • I have been listening to the jabbering and screeches of the crowd until they seem only manikins.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Again a minute of quiet, and once more the jabbering and shouting.

  • Instantly they began to crowd round him, a dozen jabbering all at once.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • We could hear them shouting, screaming, and jabbering, and the dogs barking.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • They keep on jabbering, but don't seem to understand, and the boss is mad.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • I was horrified when I came by and heard such a jabbering going on.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • Totty was upon her feet and jabbering, but she knew no more than they what had happened.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for jabbering


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 jabbering



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 jabbering



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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