[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. burbank,
  2. burbank, luther,
  3. burberry,
  4. burbidge,
  5. burbidge, margaret,
  6. burbot,
  7. burchfield,
  8. burchfield, charles,
  9. burckhardt,
  10. burd

Origin of burble

1275–1325; Middle English; perhaps variant of bubble

Related formsbur·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 Formsburbler, noun

Word Origin for burble

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

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Word Origin and History for burble



"make a bubbling sound," c.1300, imitative. Related: Burbled; burbling.

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