[jib-er, gib-]

verb (used without object)

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


gibbering utterance.

Nearby words

  1. giauque, william francis,
  2. gib,
  3. gib board,
  4. gib.,
  5. gibbed,
  6. gibberd,
  7. gibberellic acid,
  8. gibberellin,
  9. gibberellins,
  10. gibberish

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

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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