gab

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

to talk or chat idly; chatter.

noun

idle talk; chatter.

Nearby words

  1. g8,
  2. g9,
  3. ga,
  4. ga.,
  5. gaa,
  6. gaba,
  7. gaba-alpha,
  8. gabaon,
  9. gabaonite,
  10. gabapentin

Origin of gab

1
1780–90; apparently expressive variant of gob4; cf. gabble

Related formsgab·ber, noun

gab

2
[ gab ]
/ gæb /

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 ]
/ gæb /

noun Scot. Slang.

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British Dictionary definitions for gab

gab

1
/ (ɡæb) informal /

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

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
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Idioms and Phrases with gab

gab

see gift of gab.

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