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gibber

[jib-er, gib-]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
  2. to speak foolishly; chatter.
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noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for gibber

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Pot-Boilers

    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

gibber1

verb
  1. to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
  2. (intr) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
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noun
  1. a less common word for gibberish
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Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin

gibber2

noun Australian
  1. a stone or boulder
  2. (modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stonesgibber plains
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Word Origin

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

v.

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

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