Definition of gabfest in English:



North American
  • A conference or other gathering with prolonged talking.

    ‘these summits are merely empty gabfests’
    • ‘Even so, I no doubt saw much more of the gabfest than did the vast majority of voters, which tells you something about the state of participatory democracy in Canada.’
    • ‘The federal government spent $356,741 to host a one-day aboriginal summit that was dismissed by some critics as a redundant gabfest.’
    • ‘Here are some highlights of the gabfest, as the pros handled questions from audience members.’
    • ‘The setting for much of the struggle to take the tiepin and the cuff link out of Irish politics has been The Political Party, a would-be informal gabfest that concluded its first series last week.’
    • ‘The monthly gabfests organized by our local Skeptics Club often see rational-minded card-carrying members lay waste to the lame claims of mystics, seers and other snake oil salesmen.’
    • ‘On March 12, 2007, it was in its second of a three-day annual gabfest, held in this city's Convention Center.’
    • ‘The American Israel Public Affairs Committee was in Washington, DC, for a three day gabfest.’
    • ‘The central purpose of the friendly gabfest was for big ag trading countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union to discuss ways to move the WTO farm trade negotiations forward.’
    • ‘Horse race politics dominates the political gabfests, with corporate power shunted to the sidelines.’
    • ‘Like all U.N. gabfests since the first Earth Summit at Rio in 1992, the conference at Durban was but the formal core of a giant carnival, something like a medieval ice fair in a Bruegel painting.’
    • ‘The question reflects both the tantalizing sense that somebody, somewhere, is working on an extraordinary breakthrough and the bedeviling suspicion that, whoever they are, they aren't turning up to do show-and-tells at big industry gabfests.’
    • ‘The single most important requirement for getting onto one of the Sunday morning gabfests - or those that air other days on TV - is the color of your skin.’
    • ‘Am I the only one who can't stand morning gabfests on the radio?’
    • ‘Along with best-selling political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, Atrios was ‘invited’ to participate at a gabfest at Harvard's Berkman Law School called BloggerCon, to be held in October.’
    • ‘They could have held the same meetings and gabfests in Sydney.’
    • ‘Six weeks before the big gabfest in Cancun, the reality of the present situation is clear: the upcoming ministerial is in serious trouble.’
    • ‘The congress is the industry's very own Tower of Babel and more than 50,000 joined in the techno-speak gabfest this year.’
    • ‘Between late night gabfests and primetime specials, the presidential candidates are hitting the airwaves to show their softer sides!’
    • ‘Cori - the Council of Religious of Ireland - is a social partner, but its influence in national debate goes well beyond the Dublin Castle gabfests.’
    • ‘It's not there to make it easier for them to strut and preen on Sunday morning televised gabfests.’
    discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
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