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babbling

[ bab-ling ]
/ ˈbæb lɪŋ /
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noun
foolish or meaningless chatter; prattle: the constant babbling of idle gossips.
the random production of meaningless vocal sounds characteristic of infants around the age of three months.
adjective
chattering or prattling aimlessly: The babbling crowd quieted and funneled back into the auditorium at the end of intermission.
making a continuous murmuring sound: a babbling brook.
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Origin of babbling

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English babelinde, bablyng; see origin at babble, -ing1 (for the noun senses), -ing2 (for the adjective)

OTHER WORDS FROM babbling

bab·bling·ly, adverb
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