Definition of babbler in English:

babbler

noun

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

    Family Timaliidae (the babbler family): numerous genera

    • ‘They are accompanied by a motley bunch of red-vented bulbuls and jungle babblers.’
    • ‘Egg laying in each group of babblers takes place in one nest usually between February and August.’
    • ‘Two wren babblers species, Napothera crassa and Kenopia striata (the Striped Wren Babbler) are endemic to the island of Borneo.’
    • ‘Biologists have recognized eleven endemic subspecies of babblers there as well.’
    • ‘The close relationship between Sylvia and babblers leads to the nomenclatural problem of naming the babbler and warbler families.’
    • ‘The first one is a shrike babbler genus (Pteruthius).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Pomatorhinini include two groups of Asian babblers, scimitar babblers and wren babblers.’
    • ‘The Asian ‘nonbabbler’ group is the shrike babblers, genus Pteruthius (two of five species studied), which are placed among the outgroups in all analyses.’
    • ‘These [Bugun liocichla] babblers actually don't go for pure forest.’
    • ‘Wright, studying babblers at the same site over a three year period, found that larger groups produced more fledglings.’
    • ‘I saw a flock of common babblers, a migrant spotted flycatcher and my final new bird of the day an isabelline wheatear.’
    • ‘The green hills are a-quiver with babblers, bushchats, bulbuls, barbets, crow pheasants, and the laughing thrush of the Palni hills.’
    • ‘Named Bugun liocichla, the small bird is described as a type of babbler, a diverse family of birds that usually live in tropical forests.’
    • ‘The clearing of undergrowth for trek paths and human interference had badly affected the thrushes, babblers, warblers and bulbuls in this region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were about a dozen blue-cheeked bee-eaters, a common babbler and the ubiquitous white-cheeked bulbuls.’
    • ‘Morphologically, babblers differ from thrushes and flycatchers by the lack of distinct juvenal plumage.’
  • 2A person who babbles.

    ‘no one could accuse him of being a quiet man—in fact he's a babbler’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because the discursive babbler is setting himself some dogmatically rigid guardrails.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So this piece was in no way intended to support the inference that ‘tend to’ means all software engineers are incoherent babblers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They sit there; they copy opinions from these fools, these babblers, these idiots, the State Department mouthpieces, mimeograph machines!’
    • ‘The Japanese venture capitalist described himself as a ‘technologist,’ which is the kind of technobabble that usually makes me tune the babbler out.’
    • ‘On the surface, it seems the radio babblers have been unceremoniously shushed.’
    • ‘It is this sort of people and not rootless metropolitan babblers who value and indeed venerate the Queen.’
    • ‘Yes, this is all just history, and therefore of no interest to the chauvinistic babblers who dominate the national dialogue on US airwaves.’
    talker, chatterer, jabberer, prattler, blatherer, prater
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Pronunciation

babbler

/ˈbablə/