gab

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verb (used without object),gabbed, gab·bing.
  1. to talk or chat idly; chatter.

noun
  1. idle talk; chatter.

Origin of gab

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English noun gab, gabbe “deceit, falsehood, idle talk”; probably from Old Norse gabba “to mock”; cf. gabble

Other words for gab

Other words from gab

  • gabber, noun

Other definitions for gab (2 of 3)

gab2
[ gab ]

nounMachinery.
  1. a hook or fork that engages temporarily with a moving rod or lever.

Origin of gab

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First recorded in 1790–95; origin uncertain; possibly from Dutch dialect gabbe “notch, gash”

Other definitions for gab (3 of 3)

gab3
[ gab ]

nounScot. Slang.

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British Dictionary definitions for gab (1 of 3)

gab1

/ (ɡæb) informal /


verbgabs, 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

Origin of gab

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

Derived forms of gab

  • gabber, noun

British Dictionary definitions for gab (2 of 3)

gab2

/ (ɡæb) /


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

Origin of gab

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C18: probably from Flemish gabbe notch, gash

British Dictionary definitions for GAB (3 of 3)

GAB

abbreviation for
  1. Gabon (international car registration)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with gab

gab

see gift of gab.

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