[ bur-buh l ]
/ ˈbɜr bəl /

verb (used without object), bur·bled, bur·bling.

to make a bubbling sound; bubble.
to speak in an excited manner; babble.


a bubbling or gentle flow.
an excited flow of speech.
Aeronautics. the breakdown of smooth airflow around a wing at a high angle of attack.

Origin of burble

1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps variant of bubble


bur·bler, nounbur·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for burble

  • There was no wind, and except for the burble of the stream and the call of the birds all was still in the forest.

  • I even test my burble on poor Sister every week before sending it in.

    The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
  • With a burble of insane, twittering glee, he went into action.

    Master of the Moondog|Stanley Mullen
  • Meanwhile the author of the latest explanation went from house to house to burble the news in the company of his two witnesses.

    The Passionate Elopement|Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for burble

/ (ˈbɜːbəl) /


to make or utter with a bubbling sound; gurgle
(intr ; often foll by away or on) to talk quickly and excitedly
(intr) (of the airflow around a body) to become turbulent


a bubbling or gurgling sound
a flow of excited speech
turbulence in the airflow around a body

Derived forms of burble

burbler, noun

Word Origin for burble

C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Spanish borbollar to bubble, gush, Italian borbugliare
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