gab

1
[gab]Informal.
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verb (used without object), gabbed, gab·bing.

to talk or chat idly; chatter.

noun

idle talk; chatter.

Origin of gab

1
1780–90; apparently expressive variant of gob4; cf. gabble
Related formsgab·ber, noun

Synonyms for gab

gab

2
[gab]

noun Machinery.

a hook or fork that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.

Origin of gab

2
probably < Dutch dialect gabbe notch, gash

gab

3
[gab]

noun Scot. Slang.

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Examples from the Web for gab

Contemporary Examples of gab

Historical Examples of gab

  • Time after time I've missed scoring a point because the other man has had the gift of the gab and I haven't.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Yes, Gab flapped in at the shop this afternoon to caw over it.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Thought you'd have a cabin full of gab machines by this time.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • What a fine tall young man he is, and what a gift of the gab.

  • But Auld Jock had bade him "haud 'is gab" there, as in Greyfriars kirkyard.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson



British Dictionary definitions for gab

gab

1

verb gabs, gabbing or gabbed

(intr) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter

noun

idle or trivial talk
gift of the gab ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
Derived Formsgabber, noun

Word Origin for gab

C18: variant of Northern dialect gob mouth, probably from Irish Gaelic gob beak, mouth

gab

2

noun

a hook or open notch in a rod or lever that drops over the spindle of a valve to form a temporary connection for operating the valve
a pointed tool used in masonry

Word Origin for gab

C18: probably from Flemish gabbe notch, gash

GAB

abbreviation for

Gabon (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for gab
v.

"to reproach," c.1200, via Scottish and northern England dialect, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse gabba "to mock," or from Old French gabber "mock, boast," both perhaps ultimately imitative. Related: Gabbed; gabbing. Meaning "to talk much" is from 1786, probably a back-formation from gabble.

n.

early 14c., "mockery," from Old French gab, from gaber (see gab (v.)); meaning "idle talk" is from 1737. Gift of the gab "talent for speaking" is from 1680s.

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Idioms and Phrases with gab

gab

see gift of gab.

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