jabber

[jab-er]

verb (used with or without object)

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

noun

rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.

Nearby words

  1. jaap,
  2. jab,
  3. jabal,
  4. jabalpur,
  5. jabari,
  6. jabberwocky,
  7. jabir,
  8. jabir ibn hayyan,
  9. jabiru,
  10. jaboatão

Origin of jabber

1490–1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1

Related formsjab·ber·er, nounjab·ber·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for jabbering

jabber

verb

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

noun

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 jabbering

jabber

v.

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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