[ jib-er, gib- ]
/ ˈdʒɪb ər, ˈgɪb- /

verb (used without object)

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


gibbering utterance.


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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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for gibber

British Dictionary definitions for gibber (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdʒɪbə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for gibber (2 of 2)

/ (ˈɡɪbə) /

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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