[jib-er, gib-]

verb (used without object)

to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
to speak foolishly; chatter.


gibbering utterance.

Origin of gibber

1595–1605; origin uncertain; perhaps frequentative of gib (obsolete) to caterwaul (see gib2); sense and pronunciation influenced by association with jabber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gibber

Historical Examples of gibber

  • She had expected that some demon within him would spring out and gibber.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Such a quality there must be unless when we use the term "works of art" we gibber.


    Clive Bell

  • I tell you what, Baron, you blunder in love as you gibber in French.

  • Persis looked at him, wondering if he had gone mad and begun to gibber.

  • A monkey chained in one corner began to gibber and mow at me.

    A Gentleman of France

    Stanley Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for gibber




to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
(intr) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds


a less common word for gibberish

Word Origin for gibber

C17: of imitative origin



noun Australian

a stone or boulder
(modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stonesgibber plains

Word Origin for gibber

C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for gibber

c.1600, probably a back-formation from gibberish. Related: Gibbered; gibbering.

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