Definition of babbler in English:

babbler

noun

  • 1A thrush-like Old World songbird with a long tail, short rounded wings, and a loud, discordant or musical voice.

    • ‘During the nestling period of babblers, skeletal development is fast, which is typical of most passerines.’
    • ‘Such allofeeding occurs in cooperatively breeding Arabian babblers Turdoides squamiceps, Florida scrub-jays Aphelocoma coerulescens, and other species.’
    • ‘Biologists have recognized eleven endemic subspecies of babblers there as well.’
    • ‘The Pomatorhinini include two groups of Asian babblers, scimitar babblers and wren babblers.’
    • ‘Wright, studying babblers at the same site over a three year period, found that larger groups produced more fledglings.’
    • ‘The Asian ‘nonbabbler’ group is the shrike babblers, genus Pteruthius (two of five species studied), which are placed among the outgroups in all analyses.’
    • ‘Named Bugun liocichla, the small bird is described as a type of babbler, a diverse family of birds that usually live in tropical forests.’
    • ‘Egg laying in each group of babblers takes place in one nest usually between February and August.’
    • ‘The clearing of undergrowth for trek paths and human interference had badly affected the thrushes, babblers, warblers and bulbuls in this region.’
    • ‘They are accompanied by a motley bunch of red-vented bulbuls and jungle babblers.’
    • ‘These [Bugun liocichla] babblers actually don't go for pure forest.’
    • ‘The green hills are a-quiver with babblers, bushchats, bulbuls, barbets, crow pheasants, and the laughing thrush of the Palni hills.’
    • ‘The first one is a shrike babbler genus (Pteruthius).’
    • ‘I stray from the purpose of our trip: birds, which were no less alluring than all the scenes mentioned above, with names such as coucals, laughingthrushes, babblers, and junglefowl.’
    • ‘Two wren babblers species, Napothera crassa and Kenopia striata (the Striped Wren Babbler) are endemic to the island of Borneo.’
    • ‘I saw a flock of common babblers, a migrant spotted flycatcher and my final new bird of the day an isabelline wheatear.’
    • ‘Morphologically, babblers differ from thrushes and flycatchers by the lack of distinct juvenal plumage.’
    • ‘The close relationship between Sylvia and babblers leads to the nomenclatural problem of naming the babbler and warbler families.’
    • ‘There were about a dozen blue-cheeked bee-eaters, a common babbler and the ubiquitous white-cheeked bulbuls.’
    • ‘To get there you must climb a kilometre long flight of steps, now a deserted forest path frequented only by babbler birds, peacocks and monkeys.’
  • 2A person who babbles.

    ‘no one could accuse him of being a quiet man—in fact he's a babbler’
    • ‘It is this sort of people and not rootless metropolitan babblers who value and indeed venerate the Queen.’
    • ‘Not only are human rights (as decided by the legal babblers) to be elevated over all other political principles, but also they can be collective, and in their assertion actually extinguish individual human rights.’
    • ‘Because the discursive babbler is setting himself some dogmatically rigid guardrails.’
    • ‘Yes, this is all just history, and therefore of no interest to the chauvinistic babblers who dominate the national dialogue on US airwaves.’
    • ‘They sit there; they copy opinions from these fools, these babblers, these idiots, the State Department mouthpieces, mimeograph machines!’
    • ‘We are babblers, when we limit our use of language to utilitarian ends, when we make it serviceable to the projects through which we sidestep our anxiety.’
    • ‘The Japanese venture capitalist described himself as a ‘technologist,’ which is the kind of technobabble that usually makes me tune the babbler out.’
    • ‘So this piece was in no way intended to support the inference that ‘tend to’ means all software engineers are incoherent babblers.’
    • ‘On the surface, it seems the radio babblers have been unceremoniously shushed.’
    • ‘On top of it all, while these fellows babble about the future, they babble about what's going to happen between 2004 and 2008: They're silly babblers!’
    • ‘You can tell from my section alone that I'm a complete babbler.’
    talker, chatterer, jabberer, prattler, blatherer, prater
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Pronunciation

babbler

/ˈbablə/