blab

[ blab ]
/ blæb /
Informal.

verb (used with object), blabbed, blab·bing.

to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly: They blabbed my confidences to everyone.

verb (used without object), blabbed, blab·bing.

to talk or chatter indiscreetly or thoughtlessly: Don't confide in him, because he blabs. She blabbed so much I couldn't hear the concert.

noun

idle, indiscreet chattering.
a person who blabs; blabbermouth.

Nearby words

  1. bks.,
  2. bkt.,
  3. bl,
  4. bl lac object,
  5. bl.,
  6. blabber,
  7. blabbermouth,
  8. black,
  9. black acacia,
  10. black alder

Also blab·ber [blab-er] /ˈblæb ər/.

Origin of blab

1325–75; Middle English blabbe (noun), perhaps back formation from blaberen to blabber; cognate with Old Norse blabbra, German plappern

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Examples from the Web for blabber

  • You learn a lesson in any case: To blabber is human, to button divine.

    Your Horoscopes|Starsky + Cox|May 21, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • If you like to tell me more, you can do it quite safely; I'm no blabber, and I'm not a rascal.

    In the Year of Jubilee|George Gissing
  • Just as soon as a woman reads a book, she's got to talk highfurlutin' blabber.

  • He is no blabber, to divulge secrets committed to his bosom for security by confiding friendship.

    Talkers|John Bate


British Dictionary definitions for blabber

blabber

/ (ˈblæbə) /

noun

a person who blabs
idle chatter

verb

(intr) to talk without thinking; chatter

Word Origin for blabber

C15 blabberen, probably of imitative origin

blab

/ (blæb) /

verb blabs, blabbing or blabbed

to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
(intr) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle

noun

a less common word for blabber (def. 1), blabber (def. 2)
Derived Formsblabbing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for blab

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German blabbizōn, Icelandic blabbra

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