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gabble

[ gab-uhl ]
/ ˈgæb əl /
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verb (used without object), gab·bled, gab·bling.

to speak or converse rapidly and unintelligibly; jabber.
(of hens, geese, etc.) to cackle.

verb (used with object), gab·bled, gab·bling.

to utter rapidly and unintelligibly.

noun

rapid, unintelligible talk.
any quick succession of meaningless sounds.

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Origin of gabble

First recorded in 1570–80; perhaps from Middle Dutch gabbelen, or an expressive formation in English; cf. gab1, gob4, -le

OTHER WORDS FROM gabble

gabbler, nounoutgabble, verb (used with object), out·gab·bled, out·gab·bling.
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British Dictionary definitions for gabble

gabble
/ (ˈɡæbəl) /

verb

to utter (words, etc) rapidly and indistinctly; jabber
(intr) (of geese and some other birds or animals) to utter rapid cackling noises

noun

rapid and indistinct speech or noises

Derived forms of gabble

gabbler, noun

Word Origin for gabble

C17: from Middle Dutch gabbelen, of imitative origin
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