to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
to make a continuous, murmuring sound.
to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.
inarticulate or imperfect speech.
foolish, meaningless, or incoherent speech; prattle.
- outbabble, verb (used with object), out·bab·bled, out·bab·bling.
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How to use babble in a sentence
He babbled about green fields and was unaware of her presence.
She appeared to wander in her mind, for sometimes her words were coherent, at other times she merely babbled.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
There were times when she babbled of faraway scenes, of Williamsburg and her old home, of the streets of Norfolk and Richmond.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Carl babbled continually while he and Matt were eating, but Matt had very little to say in reply.Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
Weirdly the brook babbled through its strange chords to end in the sound that was hollow.The Man of the Forest | Zane Grey
She had babbled the name in her cradle days, her earliest rambles had been through its grassy paths.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
British Dictionary definitions for babble
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
incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
a murmuring or bubbling sound
- babblement, noun
- babbling, noun, adjective
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