[ gab-fest ]
/ ˈgæbˌfɛst /

noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. gabe,
  2. gabelle,
  3. gaberdine,
  4. gaberlunzie,
  5. gaberones,
  6. gabion,
  7. gabionade,
  8. gable,
  9. gable end,
  10. gable roof

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

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for gabfest


/ (ˈɡæbfɛst) /

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