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babble

[ bab-uhl ]
/ ˈbæb əl /
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verb (used without object), bab·bled, bab·bling.
verb (used with object), bab·bled, bab·bling.
to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.
noun
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Origin of babble

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English babelen; cognate with Old Norse babbla, Dutch babbelen, German pappelen

OTHER WORDS FROM babble

outbabble, verb (used with object), out·bab·bled, out·bab·bling.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH babble

babble , bauble, bubble
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How to use babble in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for babble

babble
/ (ˈbæbəl) /

verb
to utter (words, sounds, etc) in an incoherent or indistinct jumble
(intr) to talk foolishly, incessantly, or irrelevantly
(tr) to disclose (secrets, confidences, etc) carelessly or impulsively
(intr) (of streams, birds, etc) to make a low murmuring or bubbling sound
noun
incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
a murmuring or bubbling sound

Derived forms of babble

babblement, nounbabbling, noun, adjective

Word Origin for babble

C13: compare Dutch babbelen, Swedish babbla, French babiller to prattle, Latin babulus fool; probably all of imitative origin
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