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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Related Words for jabbering

blather, prate, ramble, babble, chatter, mutter, yap, drivel, tattle, murmur, jaw, utter, mumble, gab, talk, yak

Examples from the Web for jabbering

Contemporary Examples of jabbering

Historical Examples of jabbering

  • I have been listening to the jabbering and screeches of the crowd until they seem only manikins.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Again a minute of quiet, and once more the jabbering and shouting.

  • Instantly they began to crowd round him, a dozen jabbering all at once.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • We could hear them shouting, screaming, and jabbering, and the dogs barking.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for jabbering



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 jabbering



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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