Definition of gab in English:

gab

verb

[no object]informal
  • Talk at length.

    ‘Celeste was gabbing about the country before the war’
    • ‘However, mention pots, oatcakes and Wright's Pies and they gab away at you for hours!’
    • ‘Clearly, I spent far more time gabbing and eating than sewing.’
    • ‘Aren't you guys into other stuff, like gabbing on the phone, Rollerblading or going to the movies?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I do not have the time to be gabbing on the phone for that long, even in the space of a month!’
    • ‘So did something else set you off at Greensboro, or was it just the guy gabbing on the cell phone?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From my mother's end, I could hear her gabbing about something to do with math equations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this wasn't a goof-off employee, slacking away the day gabbing to friends and family on the phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ross gabs regularly with a Georgian, his former Rangers team-mate Shota Arveladze, currently bagging goals for fun in Holland.’
    • ‘Mary, are you going to stand here and gab all day about ghosts and spooks or are you going to get something to eat?’
    • ‘They go their separate ways whenever possible: He's planted in front of the television; she's gabbing on the phone to friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are a kind of basso ostinato for the diplomats who gather and gab.’
    • ‘She was that same blonde headed girl who was gabbing incessantly about Matt at tennis Regionals the previous Friday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only thing we got to learn from him was how to gab without losing your audience.’
    • ‘He ran a Web log, where he freely gabbed about his impressions of life at the Mountain View, Calif. based Internet search giant.’
    • ‘They'd gab for hours and save the kids in the process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost every near miss lately in which someone almost hit me resulted from their inattention as they gabbed, gabbed, gabbed on the phone.’
    • ‘What people remember about a day is not what they gabbed about but who they gabbed to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Students passed through the hallways, gabbing obliviously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, after we gabbed awhile and sipped out tea, rocking in a couple of my old antique buys, he gets up to go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we just stayed up and gabbed, ate junk food and had a few beers, and gabbed some more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stop at your best girl pal's place and get going with the gab.’
    • ‘Deanna, a hard-working and good-natured woman, was gladly up to share a smoke and some gab when not working the dive deck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Identify your conversational style, and then find out how to get the gab going with your crush!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A lot of people only get honours because they have got the gift of the gab.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nicole has the gift of the gab and the ability to fire out a quick response without thinking too much about it.’
      • ‘Acting is not mere gift of the gab, but a skill that comes from a serious observation of life and all around.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The medallion imparts the gift of gab and is powered by solar energy.’
      • ‘Your delightful gift of gab can get you in gossip trouble but, of course, you can talk your way out of it.’
      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/