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gab

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[ gab ]
/ gæb /
Informal.
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verb (used without object), gabbed, gab·bing.
to talk or chat idly; chatter.
noun
idle talk; chatter.
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Origin of gab

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English noun gab, gabbe “deceit, falsehood, idle talk”; probably from Old Norse gabba “to mock”; cf. gabble

OTHER WORDS FROM gab

gabber, noun

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Other definitions for gab (2 of 3)

gab2
[ gab ]
/ gæb /

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

Origin of gab

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First recorded in 1790–95; origin uncertain; possibly from Dutch dialect gabbe “notch, gash”

Other definitions for gab (3 of 3)

gab3
[ gab ]
/ gæb /

noun Scot. Slang.
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British Dictionary definitions for gab (1 of 3)

gab1
/ (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 forms of gab

gabber, noun

Word Origin for gab

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

British Dictionary definitions for gab (2 of 3)

gab2
/ (ɡæb) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for gab (3 of 3)

GAB

abbreviation for
Gabon (international car registration)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with gab

gab

see gift of gab.

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