- babbitt, irving,
- babbitt, milton,
- babbling brook,
- babcock test,
- babe in arms
Origin of babbling
verb (used without object), bab·bled, bab·bling.
verb (used with object), bab·bled, bab·bling.
Origin of babble
Examples from the Web for babbling
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.
I realize now that I spoke to her in paragraphs, babbling on and on, while she talked sparingly but concisely.Marilyn and Me: On the 50th Anniversary of Monroe’s Death|Lawrence Schiller|August 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Children splash around in the babbling river where the infection began, women washing and bathing on rocks in the sun.United Nations Still Denies its Troops Brought Cholera to Haiti|Jonathan M. Katz|April 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was no babbling brook in the background—just the sound of New York traffic.
She was very small, as thin and light as thistle-down, ill-dressed, and as communicative as a babbling child.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
"The babbling of a race in its infancy," it is said by the pandits of the Western world.Avatras|Annie Besant
And Mr. Dingwell's babbling went on, but too indistinctly to be unravelled.The Tenants of Malory|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Comparative quiet only, for the players were babbling among themselves, living the game over again.Andy at Yale|Roy Eliot Stokes
The young people did not obey the old man; they thought that he was not using sense, but just babbling in old man's fashion.
Word Origin for babble
mid-13c., babeln "to prattle, chatter," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. Swedish babbla, Old French babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, in any case (cf. Latin babulus "babbler," Greek barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses" [OED]. Meaning "to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly" is attested from c.1400. Related: Babbled; babbling.
"idle talk," c.1500, from babble (v.). In 16c., commonly in reduplicated form bibble-babble.