Main definitions of gibber in English

: gibber1gibber2

gibber1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Speak rapidly and unintelligibly, typically through fear or shock.

    ‘they shrieked and gibbered as flames surrounded them’
    ‘a gibbering idiot’
    • ‘They're always gibbering and fighting - it can get to be too much for me to handle.’
    • ‘By this stage I wasn't babbling, more like gibbering.’
    • ‘He gibbered madly and his muscles spasmed, and he sunk to his knees in the muddy trench, his heart pumping his blood out into the soil.’
    • ‘They restrained the man as he writhed and gibbered.’
    • ‘They disappeared into the crowded room, gibbering good-naturedly.’
    • ‘He scuttled off, gibbering with delight, to make it habitable.’
    • ‘He sways before the roaring inferno, blind and gibbering.’
    • ‘The day will come, soon enough, when I'm gibbering, and incoherent, but right now I'm in control and I don't want anyone else to know.’
    • ‘After a minute of two of stalking around the room, shaking and gibbering, I started looking around to see what had become of the chemical.’
    • ‘Somehow, it left me almost gibbering with fear.’
    • ‘Before Andrew could answer, the red light flicked off and a doctor came out, gibbering away in Japanese.’
    • ‘He spent the next day literally gibbering in his cell, while those in neighbouring cells threatened to kill him, because he had now kept them awake for three nights.’
    • ‘He was led, gibbering, by his mum into the stark light of a side exit.’
    • ‘Before I get to the part where I start gibbering and spluttering, I should begin by doing what I can manage coherently.’
    • ‘And all the time the two old girls are gibbering softly in language, laughing.’
    • ‘A man in the middle of a particularly nasty nervous breakdown is gibbering.’
    • ‘The scientists gibbered amongst themselves, all unusually excited.’
    • ‘The doctor, who can understand Hungarian, realised that the inmate was rambling and gibbering not in Russian but in Hungarian, which is not a Slavonic language.’
    • ‘‘Yes, yes,’ the man gibbered, suddenly regaining his voice.’
    • ‘But now I'm jumping up and down in my seat, gibbering like a chimp.’
    prattle, rattle on, chatter, babble, ramble, drivel, jabber, patter, gabble, bumble, burble, twitter, flannel, go on, run on, mutter, mumble, maunder, prate, bleat, cackle
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Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

gibber

/ˈdʒɪbə/

Main definitions of gibber in English

: gibber1gibber2

gibber2

(also gibber stone)

noun

Australian
  • 1A stone or boulder forming part of a boulder plain.

    • ‘We're standing on a desert rise six kilometres north of town overlooking a sea of shining gibbers.’
    1. 1.1 Any small stone.

Origin

From Dharuk giba ‘stone’.

Pronunciation

gibber

/ˈɡɪbə/