Definition of gab in English:

gab

verb

[no object]informal
  • Talk at length.

    ‘Celeste was gabbing about the country before the war’
    • ‘So did something else set you off at Greensboro, or was it just the guy gabbing on the cell phone?’
    • ‘So Dee asked me if I'd go and tell them to join the rest of us - we'd been in the about 5 mins, got our drinks and gone to join The Lovely Couple and friend, but idiot and Evil Bint were gabbing away at the bar.’
    • ‘So we just stayed up and gabbed, ate junk food and had a few beers, and gabbed some more.’
    • ‘He ran a Web log, where he freely gabbed about his impressions of life at the Mountain View, Calif. based Internet search giant.’
    • ‘What people remember about a day is not what they gabbed about but who they gabbed to.’
    • ‘Mary, are you going to stand here and gab all day about ghosts and spooks or are you going to get something to eat?’
    • ‘Johanna and I promised each other we'd sleep on the bus, but that was never going to happen, so we gabbed all the way.’
    • ‘They go their separate ways whenever possible: He's planted in front of the television; she's gabbing on the phone to friends.’
    • ‘Instead I get the feeling that I am calling one of those old-fashioned businesses where the phone rings for ten minutes straight while the guy at the counter gabs with the mailman.’
    • ‘Those who remain spend only 80% as much time gabbing on the phone, and all the while rates continue to drop.’
    • ‘When the lights are low and the drink is flowing, we gab for hours about pop music, politics and class A drugs we have known.’
    • ‘The only thing we got to learn from him was how to gab without losing your audience.’
    • ‘We spun and gabbed, and gabbed, and gabbed, and Emily alternately ran wild around the house pulling out every toy she owned, and served everyone handfuls of cookies on toy plates.’
    • ‘Apart from the increased likelihood of heckling, self-contained groups like stag or hen parties tend to gab among themselves during performances, attention spans drained by too much drink.’
    • ‘They'd gab for hours and save the kids in the process.’
    • ‘Ross gabs regularly with a Georgian, his former Rangers team-mate Shota Arveladze, currently bagging goals for fun in Holland.’
    • ‘Well, I think I may have gabbed enough to last a week or two… and it's just about time to go home - so off I go and have fun this weekend y'all.’
    • ‘With the teacher gone, students surfed on websites they shouldn't have been, the boys were having a spitball competition, and the girls were gabbing on their cell phones like there was no tomorrow.’
    • ‘Jeff was leaning against the couch near my feet playing a video game that seemed to be frustrating him as David gabbed on his phone.’
    • ‘She was that same blonde headed girl who was gabbing incessantly about Matt at tennis Regionals the previous Friday.’
    • ‘There is of course, a long historical tradition of maintaining a critical perspective on gurus in India, but before this post becomes too mammoth, I'll gab on about that another time.’
    • ‘Students passed through the hallways, gabbing obliviously.’
    • ‘From my mother's end, I could hear her gabbing about something to do with math equations.’
    • ‘You gab on the phone and IM each other for hours… even after you've just seen each other a dozen times during the school day.’
    • ‘Discussing private matters in public has become a habit in Europe and the U.S. For years, Americans have complained about cell phone users who gab in public.’
    • ‘But this wasn't a goof-off employee, slacking away the day gabbing to friends and family on the phone.’
    • ‘Clearly, I spent far more time gabbing and eating than sewing.’
    • ‘Meetings with your individual staff members are for them, not another chance for you to gab on for an hour.’
    • ‘Half my workteam is gabbing about this already.’
    • ‘Never mind York's links with Europe, the city's business people spend more time gabbing on the blower to Americans than they do to French or Germans.’
    • ‘Commentators gabbed endlessly about the number of women, blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities in attendance, and the cameras never stopped looking for an illustrative face.’
    • ‘If your son has to swerve to avoid a little kid or a guy gabbing on the phone and driving an SUV, he might not be able to do it, especially at low speed, where steering effort is increased.’
    • ‘However, mention pots, oatcakes and Wright's Pies and they gab away at you for hours!’
    • ‘I do not have the time to be gabbing on the phone for that long, even in the space of a month!’
    • ‘Aren't you guys into other stuff, like gabbing on the phone, Rollerblading or going to the movies?’
    • ‘Almost every near miss lately in which someone almost hit me resulted from their inattention as they gabbed, gabbed, gabbed on the phone.’
    • ‘They are a kind of basso ostinato for the diplomats who gather and gab.’
    • ‘Well, after we gabbed awhile and sipped out tea, rocking in a couple of my old antique buys, he gets up to go.’
    • ‘‘I love working in a job that allows me to gab to people, that is where I am at my best,’ Clinton says of his sales career with British Gas.’
    • ‘Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had gabbed on the gadgets for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago.’
    chatter, chitter-chatter, chat, talk, gossip, gabble, babble, prattle, jabber, blather, blab
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noun

mass nouninformal
  • Talk; chatter.

    ‘fans should prefer her smooth delivery to the gab prevalent around the league’
    • ‘As we listen to his wonderful gab, we should remember what he sometimes forgot or failed to say.’
    • ‘I discussed ‘Symbolism’ with Winthrop as we lunched on stale potato chips and water, but Winthrop was in no mood for hyperbolic gab.’
    • ‘That's all the gab for now, but we'll keep our ears to the ground, and pay off maids to steal secret illicit sex tapes of the stars.’
    • ‘By hanging out with the guys around the grill and listening in on the gab, the team eventually gathered a key insight that other forms of research had failed to deliver: A gas grill isn't really a tool that cooks the hamburgers and the hot dogs.’
    • ‘Identify your conversational style, and then find out how to get the gab going with your crush!’
    • ‘But this is no girl gab where women bond over babies and birthing.’
    • ‘At the same time, people here don't know very much on the real situation in the world right now, and all the gab they get from the TV channels, which often involve the interpretations from Western mass media.’
    • ‘As the clock-hands sweep into the witching hour, on October 30, a new season of gab and glitter will open at the Varscona Theatre.’
    • ‘Montgomery's been in some superb bands and put out some solid solo records in the US, and I once had a nice long backyard gab with him about music over a keg.’
    • ‘Stop at your best girl pal's place and get going with the gab.’
    • ‘The talk and news shows are equally diverse, with channels devoted to both liberal and conservative gab, the audio from cable TV news networks and a National Public Radio feed.’
    • ‘Deanna, a hard-working and good-natured woman, was gladly up to share a smoke and some gab when not working the dive deck.’
    chatter, chat, talk, gossip, blather, blether, gibberish, drivel
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Phrases

  • the gift of the gab

    • informal The ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.

      ‘my friend had the gift of the gab and gradually defused the situation’
      • ‘Your delightful gift of gab can get you in gossip trouble but, of course, you can talk your way out of it.’
      • ‘The medallion imparts the gift of gab and is powered by solar energy.’
      • ‘Nicole has the gift of the gab and the ability to fire out a quick response without thinking too much about it.’
      • ‘It was this natural gift of the gab, her bright and lively manner and her instinct for a good yarn that helped her win a rare career break into broadcasting as she approached 40.’
      • ‘‘An anchor should have gift of the gab, be fluent in a language, maintain eye contact with the viewer and make the caller feel easy,’ she says.’
      • ‘Over 10 spirited contestants with a gift of the gab, including a girl student, were chosen for the finals of the mock press competition organised in connection with Noopuram 2003, the youth festival of Cusat.’
      • ‘Acting is not mere gift of the gab, but a skill that comes from a serious observation of life and all around.’
      • ‘He's a cheeky chappy who we're expected to find charismatic simply because he has the gift of the gab, but he's all cockiness and no collateral.’
      • ‘A lot of people only get honours because they have got the gift of the gab.’
      • ‘I note some tut-tutting over the methods employed by frontline reporters armed with only the gift of the gab, trying to convince Brown to speak to them.’
      eloquence, fluency, clarity of speech, expressiveness, articulateness, articulacy, good command of the language
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Origin

Early 18th century: variant of gob.

Pronunciation

gab

/ɡab/