babbling

[ bab-ling ]
/ ˈbæb lɪŋ /

noun

foolish or meaningless chatter; prattle: the constant babbling of idle gossips.
the random production of meaningless vocal sounds characteristic of infants after about the sixth week.

adjective

chattering or prattling aimlessly.

Origin of babbling

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at babble, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM babbling

bab·bling·ly, adverb

Definition for babbling (2 of 2)

babble
[ bab-uhl ]
/ ˈbæb əl /

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

Origin of babble

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

OTHER WORDS FROM babble

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH babble

babble bauble bubble
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British Dictionary definitions for babbling

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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