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blab

[blab]Informal.
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verb (used with object), blabbed, blab·bing.
  1. to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly: They blabbed my confidences to everyone.
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verb (used without object), blabbed, blab·bing.
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. idle, indiscreet chattering.
  2. a person who blabs; blabbermouth.
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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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Related Words for blabber

babble, prattle, jabber, nonsense, gabble

Examples from the Web for blabber

Contemporary Examples of blabber

Historical Examples of blabber

  • If you like to tell me more, you can do it quite safely; I'm no blabber, and I'm not a rascal.

  • 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

noun
  1. a person who blabs
  2. idle chatter
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verb
  1. (intr) to talk without thinking; chatter
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Word Origin for blabber

C15 blabberen, probably of imitative origin

blab

verb blabs, blabbing or blabbed
  1. to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
  2. (intr) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle
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noun
  1. a less common word for blabber (def. 1), blabber (def. 2)
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Derived Formsblabbing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for blab

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German blabbizōn, Icelandic blabbra
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Word Origin and History for blabber

v.

mid-14c., "to speak as an infant speaks," frequentative of blabben, of echoic origin (cf. Old Norse blabbra, Danish blabbre "babble," German plappern "to babble"). Meaning "to talk excessively" is from late 14c. Related: Blabbered; blabbering.

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blab

v.

mid-15c., apparently from Middle English noun blabbe "one who does not control his tongue" (late 13c.), probably echoic. Related: Blabbed; blabbing. The exact relationship between the blabs and blabber is difficult to determine. The noun was "[e]xceedingly common in 16th and 17th c.; unusual in literature since c 1750" [OED].

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