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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, cackleslabbergab, yak, yap, yackety-yak, yabber, yatter, natter, yammer, blabber, jibber-jabber, blather, blether, blither, jaw, gas, shoot one's mouth offwitter, rabbit, chunter, wafflerun off at the mouthmagclack, twaddle, twattleView synonyms
- ‘He scuttled off, gibbering with delight, to make it habitable.’
- ‘Before Andrew could answer, the red light flicked off and a doctor came out, gibbering away in Japanese.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was led, gibbering, by his mum into the stark light of a side exit.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They disappeared into the crowded room, gibbering good-naturedly.’
- ‘But now I'm jumping up and down in my seat, gibbering like a chimp.’
- ‘By this stage I wasn't babbling, more like gibbering.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Before I get to the part where I start gibbering and spluttering, I should begin by doing what I can manage coherently.’
- ‘The scientists gibbered amongst themselves, all unusually excited.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They restrained the man as he writhed and gibbered.’
- ‘They're always gibbering and fighting - it can get to be too much for me to handle.’
- ‘He sways before the roaring inferno, blind and gibbering.’
- ‘‘Yes, yes,’ the man gibbered, suddenly regaining his voice.’
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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