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
In order to compensate herself for the silence to which young ladies are condemned, Caroline talks; or rather babbles.The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete | Honore de Balzac
Knows it not certainly he who prates at meat, whether he babbles among foes.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
The cicadas are calling; the Brook of Kidron babbles on monotonously; the doleful chant of a night watchman is heard in the city.Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity | Alexandre Kuprin
He recognises the superhuman forces at work and in the same breath babbles of 'states.'The Orchard of Tears | Sax Rohmer
The furibundus forgets the bounds of sense, the delirus babbles nonsense, the rabidus will bite and injure when he can.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes | Ludwig Dderlein
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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