Definition of gab in US English:

gab

verb

[no object]informal
  • Talk, typically at length, about trivial matters.

    ‘Franny walked right past a woman gabbing on the phone’
    • ‘Clearly, I spent far more time gabbing and eating than sewing.’
    • ‘Commentators gabbed endlessly about the number of women, blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities in attendance, and the cameras never stopped looking for an illustrative face.’
    • ‘Well, I think I may have gabbed enough to last a week or two… and it's just about time to go home - so off I go and have fun this weekend y'all.’
    • ‘With the teacher gone, students surfed on websites they shouldn't have been, the boys were having a spitball competition, and the girls were gabbing on their cell phones like there was no tomorrow.’
    • ‘So did something else set you off at Greensboro, or was it just the guy gabbing on the cell phone?’
    • ‘They are a kind of basso ostinato for the diplomats who gather and gab.’
    • ‘You gab on the phone and IM each other for hours… even after you've just seen each other a dozen times during the school day.’
    • ‘Johanna and I promised each other we'd sleep on the bus, but that was never going to happen, so we gabbed all the way.’
    • ‘Discussing private matters in public has become a habit in Europe and the U.S. For years, Americans have complained about cell phone users who gab in public.’
    • ‘Half my workteam is gabbing about this already.’
    • ‘Meetings with your individual staff members are for them, not another chance for you to gab on for an hour.’
    • ‘Jeff was leaning against the couch near my feet playing a video game that seemed to be frustrating him as David gabbed on his phone.’
    • ‘Almost every near miss lately in which someone almost hit me resulted from their inattention as they gabbed, gabbed, gabbed on the phone.’
    • ‘Well, after we gabbed awhile and sipped out tea, rocking in a couple of my old antique buys, he gets up to go.’
    • ‘From my mother's end, I could hear her gabbing about something to do with math equations.’
    • ‘So Dee asked me if I'd go and tell them to join the rest of us - we'd been in the about 5 mins, got our drinks and gone to join The Lovely Couple and friend, but idiot and Evil Bint were gabbing away at the bar.’
    • ‘The only thing we got to learn from him was how to gab without losing your audience.’
    • ‘There is of course, a long historical tradition of maintaining a critical perspective on gurus in India, but before this post becomes too mammoth, I'll gab on about that another time.’
    • ‘I do not have the time to be gabbing on the phone for that long, even in the space of a month!’
    • ‘Mary, are you going to stand here and gab all day about ghosts and spooks or are you going to get something to eat?’
    • ‘We spun and gabbed, and gabbed, and gabbed, and Emily alternately ran wild around the house pulling out every toy she owned, and served everyone handfuls of cookies on toy plates.’
    • ‘Instead I get the feeling that I am calling one of those old-fashioned businesses where the phone rings for ten minutes straight while the guy at the counter gabs with the mailman.’
    • ‘They'd gab for hours and save the kids in the process.’
    • ‘She was that same blonde headed girl who was gabbing incessantly about Matt at tennis Regionals the previous Friday.’
    • ‘He ran a Web log, where he freely gabbed about his impressions of life at the Mountain View, Calif. based Internet search giant.’
    • ‘Aren't you guys into other stuff, like gabbing on the phone, Rollerblading or going to the movies?’
    • ‘However, mention pots, oatcakes and Wright's Pies and they gab away at you for hours!’
    • ‘What people remember about a day is not what they gabbed about but who they gabbed to.’
    • ‘Ross gabs regularly with a Georgian, his former Rangers team-mate Shota Arveladze, currently bagging goals for fun in Holland.’
    • ‘Students passed through the hallways, gabbing obliviously.’
    • ‘‘I love working in a job that allows me to gab to people, that is where I am at my best,’ Clinton says of his sales career with British Gas.’
    • ‘Never mind York's links with Europe, the city's business people spend more time gabbing on the blower to Americans than they do to French or Germans.’
    • ‘Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users, including 52,000 who had gabbed on the gadgets for 10 years or more, and some who started using them 21 years ago.’
    • ‘But this wasn't a goof-off employee, slacking away the day gabbing to friends and family on the phone.’
    • ‘Apart from the increased likelihood of heckling, self-contained groups like stag or hen parties tend to gab among themselves during performances, attention spans drained by too much drink.’
    • ‘If your son has to swerve to avoid a little kid or a guy gabbing on the phone and driving an SUV, he might not be able to do it, especially at low speed, where steering effort is increased.’
    • ‘So we just stayed up and gabbed, ate junk food and had a few beers, and gabbed some more.’
    • ‘They go their separate ways whenever possible: He's planted in front of the television; she's gabbing on the phone to friends.’
    • ‘When the lights are low and the drink is flowing, we gab for hours about pop music, politics and class A drugs we have known.’
    • ‘Those who remain spend only 80% as much time gabbing on the phone, and all the while rates continue to drop.’
    chatter, chitter-chatter, chat, talk, gossip, gabble, babble, prattle, jabber, blather, blab
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noun

informal
  • Talk; chatter.

    • ‘Identify your conversational style, and then find out how to get the gab going with your crush!’
    • ‘I discussed ‘Symbolism’ with Winthrop as we lunched on stale potato chips and water, but Winthrop was in no mood for hyperbolic gab.’
    • ‘Montgomery's been in some superb bands and put out some solid solo records in the US, and I once had a nice long backyard gab with him about music over a keg.’
    • ‘The talk and news shows are equally diverse, with channels devoted to both liberal and conservative gab, the audio from cable TV news networks and a National Public Radio feed.’
    • ‘By hanging out with the guys around the grill and listening in on the gab, the team eventually gathered a key insight that other forms of research had failed to deliver: A gas grill isn't really a tool that cooks the hamburgers and the hot dogs.’
    • ‘As the clock-hands sweep into the witching hour, on October 30, a new season of gab and glitter will open at the Varscona Theatre.’
    • ‘But this is no girl gab where women bond over babies and birthing.’
    • ‘That's all the gab for now, but we'll keep our ears to the ground, and pay off maids to steal secret illicit sex tapes of the stars.’
    • ‘At the same time, people here don't know very much on the real situation in the world right now, and all the gab they get from the TV channels, which often involve the interpretations from Western mass media.’
    • ‘Deanna, a hard-working and good-natured woman, was gladly up to share a smoke and some gab when not working the dive deck.’
    • ‘Stop at your best girl pal's place and get going with the gab.’
    • ‘As we listen to his wonderful gab, we should remember what he sometimes forgot or failed to say.’
    chatter, chat, talk, gossip, blather, blether, gibberish, drivel
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Phrases

  • gift of gab

    • informal The ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.

      ‘I was lucky enough to have the gift of gab, so I could make a living’
      eloquence, fluency, clarity of speech, expressiveness, articulateness, articulacy, good command of the language
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Origin

Early 18th century: variant of gob.

Pronunciation

gab

/ɡæb//ɡab/