- to talk or chat idly; chatter.
- idle talk; chatter.
Origin of gab1
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- a hook or fork that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.
Origin of gab2
Examples from the Web for gab
In our interview, Moreno is effervescent and irreverent, with a genuine gift of the gab.Rita Moreno, SAG Life Achievement Award Winner, Talks Brando, Elvis And West Side Story
January 15, 2014
She apologizes profusely, curls up across from me, and begins to, as she calls it, gab.'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is the Queen of Calling Bullshit
December 23, 2013
But the millennium saw the last of the truly fat rappers: Gift of Gab, J-Live, Bone Crusher, and Fatman Scoop.
The Gift of Gab, the only original member of Blackalicious present, is twice as big as Big Boi but only half as well known.
That humid night, I realized I had forgotten how much I loved and missed performers like Gift of Gab, the Fat Boys, and Raekwon.
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
- (intr) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter
- idle or trivial talk
- gift of the gab ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
- 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
- Gabon (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for gab
"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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with gab
see gift of gab.