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1no object Dribble at the mouth; slaver.‘he was slabbering like a child’
drool, slobber, dribble, salivateView synonyms
- ‘I'm sure if you slabbered grease from chips all over your face, then yeah, you would have acne, but otherwise I think it's a bunch of BS.’
- ‘And then he stroked and slabbered him with kisses.’
- ‘He got slabbering drank at Palomino and they gave him thirty days in San Ber'dino.’
- ‘Undaunted by this slabbering beast, they rang the bell.’
- ‘My tastebuds have never slabbered for gialli.’
- 1.1with object Splatter or splash (something)‘his trouser legs were slabbered with mud’splash, bespatter, splatter, spray, sprinkle, spritz, shower, speck, speckle, fleck, mottle, blotch, smear, stain, mark, dirty, soil, daub, coverView synonyms
2no object Chatter, especially about matters of little importance.‘all the slabbering you do gets Bobby into some trouble’chatter, babble, prate, blather, blether, ramble, gabble, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, yap, jibber-jabber, cackleView synonyms
A dribble of saliva.‘I'm always wiping the puppy's slabbers off the glass table’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘dribble on’): related to dialect slab ‘muddy place, puddle’.
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