verb (used with or without object)

to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.


rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.

Origin of jabber

1490–1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1
Related formsjab·ber·er, nounjab·ber·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for jabber

Contemporary Examples of jabber

  • The Gyllenhaal siblings are also a shoo-in, though I fear I would jibber and jabber—and possibly giggle—over Jake.

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    My Fantasy Seder Guest List

    Emily L. Hauser

    March 25, 2013

Historical Examples of jabber

  • Then a whole string of jabber and arm wavin', with some countin' in the middle of it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Never heard in all my travels such a jabber about wives and kids.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • Are you goin' to keep up your jabber when I'm speakin' to the gentlemen?

  • All the difference between us is, that you can jabber Dutch a little.

    Tom, The Bootblack

    Horatio Alger

  • You stop here a little while, sir, and you will hear him begin to jabber.

    Trapped by Malays

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for jabber



to speak or say rapidly, incoherently, and without making sense; chatter


such talk
Derived Formsjabberer, noun

Word Origin for jabber

C15: of imitative origin; compare gibber 1
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Word Origin and History for jabber

1650s, spelling variant of Middle English jablen (c.1400), also javeren, jaberen, probably ultimately echoic. Related: Jabbered; jabbering. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

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