Definition of babbling brook in US English:

babbling brook


  • 1A small, fast-running stream.

  • 2Australian and NZ slang a cook, especially an army cook, or one who caters for a party or camp of musterers, shearers, etc.; compare "babbler" (now chiefly historical).


Early 18th century; earliest use found in James Thomson (1700–1748), poet.