[ gab-uh l ]
/ ˈgæb əl /

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.


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

Origin of gabble

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

Related forms

gab·bler, nounout·gab·ble, verb (used with object), out·gab·bled, out·gab·bling. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gabble


/ (ˈɡæbəl) /


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


rapid and indistinct speech or noises

Derived Forms

gabbler, noun

Word Origin for gabble

C17: from Middle Dutch gabbelen, of imitative origin
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