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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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  • Inside the store three little men were ironing, ironing away on boards covered with sheets, and jabbering in a strange language.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • They keep on jabbering, but don't seem to understand, and the boss is mad.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • "Hold your jabbering tongue," said the miller, turning round upon her fiercely.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • I was horrified when I came by and heard such a jabbering going on.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • If there was any one thing in the world he hated—so he said—it was girls' talk, this jabbering about nothing.

  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The Bow-legs stilled their jabbering for a moment to stare with interest at this imposing figure.

    In the Morning of Time Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Instantly they began to crowd round him, a dozen jabbering all at once.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
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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