One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Speak rapidly and unintelligibly, typically through fear or shock.‘they shrieked and gibbered as flames surrounded them’‘a gibbering idiot’
prattle, rattle on, chatter, babble, ramble, drivel, jabber, patter, gabble, bumble, burble, twitter, flannel, go on, run on, mutter, mumble, maunder, prate, bleat, cackleView synonyms
- ‘They restrained the man as he writhed and gibbered.’
- ‘A man in the middle of a particularly nasty nervous breakdown is gibbering.’
- ‘He scuttled off, gibbering with delight, to make it habitable.’
- ‘And all the time the two old girls are gibbering softly in language, laughing.’
- ‘‘Yes, yes,’ the man gibbered, suddenly regaining his voice.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Before I get to the part where I start gibbering and spluttering, I should begin by doing what I can manage coherently.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The scientists gibbered amongst themselves, all unusually excited.’
- ‘They're always gibbering and fighting - it can get to be too much for me to handle.’
- ‘But now I'm jumping up and down in my seat, gibbering like a chimp.’
- ‘He was led, gibbering, by his mum into the stark light of a side exit.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By this stage I wasn't babbling, more like gibbering.’
- ‘He sways before the roaring inferno, blind and gibbering.’
- ‘Somehow, it left me almost gibbering with fear.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They disappeared into the crowded room, gibbering good-naturedly.’
Early 17th century: imitative.
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 Any small stone.
From Dharuk giba ‘stone’.
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