gab

1
[gab]Informal.
noun
  1. idle talk; chatter.

Origin of gab

1
1780–90; apparently expressive variant of gob4; cf. gabble
Related formsgab·ber, noun

Synonyms for gab

gab

2
[gab]
noun Machinery.
  1. a hook or fork that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.

Origin of gab

2
probably < Dutch dialect gabbe notch, gash

gab

3
[gab]
noun Scot. Slang.
  1. gob3.
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Related Words for gabs

blather, prate, jabber, jaw, buzz, yak, prattle, gossip, chatter, blabber

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British Dictionary definitions for gabs

gab

1
verb gabs, gabbing or gabbed
  1. (intr) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter
noun
  1. idle or trivial talk
  2. gift of the gab ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
Derived Formsgabber, noun

Word Origin for gab

C18: variant of Northern dialect gob mouth, probably from Irish Gaelic gob beak, mouth

gab

2
noun
  1. a hook or open notch in a rod or lever that drops over the spindle of a valve to form a temporary connection for operating the valve
  2. a pointed tool used in masonry

Word Origin for gab

C18: probably from Flemish gabbe notch, gash

GAB

abbreviation for
  1. Gabon (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for gabs

gab

v.

"to reproach," c.1200, via Scottish and northern England dialect, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse gabba "to mock," or from Old French gabber "mock, boast," both perhaps ultimately imitative. Related: Gabbed; gabbing. Meaning "to talk much" is from 1786, probably a back-formation from gabble.

gab

n.

early 14c., "mockery," from Old French gab, from gaber (see gab (v.)); meaning "idle talk" is from 1737. Gift of the gab "talent for speaking" is from 1680s.

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Idioms and Phrases with gabs

gab

see gift of gab.

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