Definition of babble in US English:

babble

verb

[no object]
  • 1Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way.

    ‘he would babble on in his gringo Spanish’
    • ‘My mother continued to babble on but I paid no attention.’
    • ‘He continued to babble on about how it was all my fault, but I didn't pay much attention to him.’
    • ‘It's unfair to criticise here or to babble on about the facilities we have back home.’
    • ‘All around her, the other children happily babbled away and adults occupied themselves with inexplicable activities.’
    • ‘How refreshing, she must have thought, as she babbled away like a four-year-old on the arm of her father.’
    • ‘It's a short one but I'm sure I'll babble on long enough to make it an actual entry.’
    • ‘I pursed my lips together, willing myself not to babble on uselessly about what he'd been doing wrong.’
    • ‘Elaine did not seem to hear Lynette, as she continued to babble on about Sir Lancelot.’
    • ‘Ten gazillion questions that I'd like to hear posed and answered, and they babble on about our ‘go-it-alone’ policy.’
    • ‘Krista continued to babble on about how one of her uncles had gone through the same thing and it all turned out just fine.’
    • ‘Only the twinkle in his eyes betrayed his thoughts as she continued to babble on.’
    • ‘I babble on about style and plot, without admitting I had to re-read the first chapter three times to remind myself who George was.’
    • ‘These people babble on about how the characters in the novel were more fully developed or how the original story line was more meaningful.’
    • ‘She continued to babble on about their eternal bond as soul mates, and Robby knew he had to tell her the truth.’
    • ‘They babble on about the supposed benefits of EU membership as if this referendum was about whether we should remain in the EU or withdraw from it.’
    • ‘Sherrie continued to babble on and it didn't take too long before Al realised too that he had been had.’
    • ‘Larry continued to babble on, but Guy stopped listening.’
    • ‘Scientists always love to babble on about their work, but Jennifer couldn't afford to draw attention.’
    • ‘Very few successful players babble on about how great they are.’
    • ‘Stacey continued to babble on, totally naïve to the fact that she was causing so many eyes to focus on her.’
    prattle, rattle on, gabble, chatter, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, prate, ramble, burble, blather, blether, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber
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    1. 1.1reporting verb Utter something rapidly and incoherently.
      with direct speech ‘I gasped and stared and babbled, “Look at this!”’
      with object ‘he began to babble an apology’
      • ‘Parents who babble nonsense to babies may be helping them learn to speak, according to new research.’
      • ‘They all babbled their apologies to him, terrified.’
      • ‘And then he looked into my eyes and babbled something, and pointed with his little fingers at my pipes.’
      • ‘She babbled out, ‘Is there… is there anything I can do for you m'lord Randel?’’
      • ‘So my mother babbled some more nonsensical apologies, paid the bill, tipped the waiter, gave me a quick hug, and went dashing off.’
      • ‘Replacing her glasses and babbling apologies, Aimee scooped up her three sci-fi books and bumped into the girl again.’
      • ‘I babbled something - I was obviously clueless but well-meaning - and he was gracious, then he left.’
      • ‘The young man's brows furrowed, babbling something incoherently from under his father's firm hand.’
      • ‘No, you babble thank you 18 times, swoop under his outstretched arm and bang your forehead on the doorframe.’
      • ‘He began to babble nonsense as they took him to the shore and then up to the main cabin where the nurse's office was.’
      • ‘Cassia squeaked and scrambled to his feet, hugging the other boy and babbling apologies.’
      • ‘‘I can explain,’ he began babbling, and he stuttered constantly as he tried to explain something that I already knew.’
      • ‘Didn't he babble the same gobbledygook a decade ago when he vied for the job?’
      • ‘He was right; I did feel better after babbling my incoherent misgivings.’
      • ‘I caught up to him and they babbled their little boy babble as I introduced myself to Tommy's mom.’
      • ‘‘Ben always leaves it in there on the windowsill,’ I babbled.’
      • ‘I babbled some nonsense about making an authentic Indian meal, regretting my purchase as she rang it up.’
      • ‘He babbled nonsense for about fifteen minutes then had an intense allergic reaction.’
      • ‘‘If you're planning something,’ I babbled out.’
      • ‘Cheeks burning red she babbled apologies, quickly trying to clean the tunic and the table and the floor with her shirt.’
      delirious, raving, babbling, hysterical, irrational
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    2. 1.2 Reveal something secret or confidential by talking impulsively or carelessly.
      ‘he babbled to another convict while he was in jail’
      with object ‘my father babbled out the truth’
      • ‘When the Wisconsin politicians babbled to the Press, the Press rushed back to the senator for confirmation.’
      • ‘Had he, on their command, babbled out everything he knew?’
      • ‘It was later in the night when his father finally arrived home as his youngest sister babbled out all to his father.’
      • ‘And I'll bet you babbled to the cops about how your brother didn't really mean to do anything wrong.’
      blurt out, blab, reveal, divulge, let slip, let out, give away, come out with
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    3. 1.3usually as adjective babbling (of a stream) make the continuous murmuring sound of water flowing over stones.
      ‘a gently babbling brook’
      • ‘There were small huts built up in the trees and straight through the middle ran a babbling stream, with a waterfall at the far side of the clearing.’
      • ‘Cooling a bottle of white wine in a babbling brook at your picnic site is a lovely thought, but in reality it is not a sensible one.’
      • ‘After the Europeans came to this island, they wiped out countless babbling brooks, streams and rivers that flowed throughout the island down from the mountain.’
      • ‘It was like even the river below us had stopped babbling.’
      • ‘On the soundproofed pastel wall, a huge TV screen showed a stream babbling over rocks.’
      • ‘And that sickly-sweet music with birds chirping, water babbling, and the rush of wheat fields in the wind seemed brain numbing.’
      • ‘Ronan noticed Midori turning her head every so often as they walked, to admire a fine flower or to watch the babbling stream and the fish splashing in it.’
      • ‘It's a picture postcard scene, by a babbling stream in Tasmania's midlands - the heart of that state's grassland country.’
      • ‘The little bridges that cross the babbling stream at the entrance to his home brought joy into his heart every time he crossed it, as this was the place he loved.’
      • ‘The brook beside the castle was babbling peacefully as a warm breeze swept over the meadow.’
      • ‘They walked through some tall trees and ended up by a small babbling river, there was a small fort there, and a tent pitched outside.’
      • ‘Trees, distant mountains, slowly rolling hills of soft grass, flowers, somewhere behind her a river or brook babbling: it was the way she had always envisioned heaven.’
      • ‘These included waves, the song of whales, the wind through the trees, a babbling stream, rain and even the sound of grass rustling across the plains.’
      • ‘Not far away was a clear, babbling stream of fresh water from the top of the mountain.’
      • ‘There were tall trees, wide-open plains, meandering streams, babbling brooks, rolling hills, and smart, intelligent people.’
      • ‘Soon, the babbling water lulled him into a wakeful sleep.’
      • ‘We never have, and almost certainly never will have, that idyllic outdoor meal on a checked rug by a babbling stream, because as they say, it's all in the mind.’
      • ‘In fact, I tend to favour country pubs with beer gardens next to babbling streams.’
      • ‘The idea of a little town nestling between two babbling brooks is a beautiful one and we owe it to ourselves to keep it as beautiful as possible.’
      • ‘Iona's laugh, a sound like a babbling brook on a summer afternoon, broke the spell.’
      burble, murmur, gurgle, purl, tinkle
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Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German babbelen, or an independent English formation, as a frequentative based on the repeated syllable ba, typical of a child's early speech.

Pronunciation

babble

/ˈbæbəl//ˈbabəl/