noun Informal.

a gathering at which there is a great deal of conversation.
a long conversation.

Origin of gabfest

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; gab1 + fest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gabfest

Historical Examples of gabfest

  • They were both disappointed that the old heads did not want to go into a gabfest.

  • Pink teas, receptions and society functions are great rookeries for these Verbomania birds to gather and indulge in their gabfest.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter

  • You don't feel like asking for what is called a gabfest when the other fellow is figuring out problems in navigation.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • You see, Id been standing at the door trying to get the hang of the gabfest between you and him.

British Dictionary definitions for gabfest


noun informal, mainly US and Canadian

prolonged gossiping or conversation
an informal gathering for conversation

Word Origin for gabfest

C19: from gab 1 + fest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gabfest

"session of conversation," 1895, American English colloquial, from gab + -fest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper