[gab-uh l]
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verb (used without object), gab·bled, gab·bling.
  1. to speak or converse rapidly and unintelligibly; jabber.
  2. (of hens, geese, etc.) to cackle.
verb (used with object), gab·bled, gab·bling.
  1. to utter rapidly and unintelligibly.
  1. rapid, unintelligible talk.
  2. 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 formsgab·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. 2018

Examples from the Web for gabble

Historical Examples of gabble

  • And all the time the gabble of the women mocked at the silence of death.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • While I cannot but be grateful to Mrs. Gabble for her kindness, I wish it had taken some other shape.

  • Mrs. Gabble, it is not a question of harm, but of obedience, here.

  • “Oh, I would not take that gabble of a priest seriously if I were you,” he suggested.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • And the rest o' the tune it was all gabble, gabble by the brothers and sisters about you.

British Dictionary definitions for gabble


  1. to utter (words, etc) rapidly and indistinctly; jabber
  2. (intr) (of geese and some other birds or animals) to utter rapid cackling noises
  1. rapid and indistinct speech or noises
Derived Formsgabbler, noun

Word Origin for gabble

C17: from Middle Dutch gabbelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gabble

1570s, frequentative of gab (q.v.), or else imitative. Related: Gabbled; gabbling.


c.1600, from gabble (v.).

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