Definition of jabber in US English:

jabber

verb

[no object]
  • Talk rapidly and excitedly but with little sense.

    ‘he jabbered away to his friends’
    • ‘I don't believe in superstition and I hate people jabbering about ghouls.’
    • ‘Your neighbor may spend the whole flight jabbering on their mobile.’
    • ‘A woman jabbered in French into her hands-free phone.’
    • ‘On that trip, I shared a lift with three French men jabbering away in this language I had been learning in class and I couldn't follow a word.’
    • ‘Try telling the football fan jabbering on at full volume to an uninterested audience in the pub to tone it down and see where it gets you.’
    • ‘Big Bill is so desperate for attention these days that he might actually show up, and then you'd have a hard time getting rid of him as he jabbered on into the wee hours while your other guests stifle yawns and sneak peeks at their watches.’
    • ‘I started off, walking stealthily in the shadows and saw Luke and George coming out of a house, jabbering animatedly.’
    • ‘I thought I was about to be introduced when Katy began jabbering away about Murphy, my dog, who was sitting on the floor next to me.’
    • ‘In one episode of Frasier, his radio station decides to go for the Latino market, which means excitable men jabbering about soccer.’
    • ‘For over an hour he jabbered, babbled, screamed and ranted, never completing a full sentence.’
    • ‘The man started wringing his hands, jabbering in some language.’
    • ‘Courtney and I were sitting at lunch one day just after New Years, jabbering away about whether or not we should make resolutions.’
    • ‘He jabbers, raves, and gestures to no one, in contradiction to the more subdued Hamlet of productions such as the 2000 Ethan Hawke film version.’
    • ‘Half the programme was devoted to Liam jabbering on about boy bands, the press, Robbie Williams etc etc.’
    • ‘They keep jabbering about deceit and cleaning up the government.’
    • ‘‘Oh yeah, you can't beat vinyl,’ he jabbers in a red-toothed west coast accent untamed by the phenomenal success of Wet Wet Wet, his band of two decades.’
    • ‘He's jabbering on about music, how you have to be careful about changing the music because it might upset or destroy the government.’
    • ‘She hadn't a clue what they were jabbering about either.’
    • ‘The black girl has followed me from the toilet and is jabbering away like an excited child.’
    • ‘I spent the first hour jabbering away and trying to determine whether or not gasoline was actually being sold at the station.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, gabble, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blather, maunder, ramble, drivel, blab
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noun

  • Fast, excited talk that makes little sense.

    ‘stop your jabber’
    • ‘Following them were cops, shouting out orders to each other in a loud jabber of falsely intelligent strictness.’
    • ‘Tabitha didn't consider what others might think of her looking so happy so soon after her father's passing; she didn't have the chance, with Mister Knighton's constant foolish jabber.’
    • ‘I shouldn't have distracted myself with useless jabber!’
    • ‘Some of the Kagan / Lewis conversation about bloggers consisted, for the most part, of often incomprehensible jabber like this.’
    • ‘Is it perfectly OK or just plain trashy for the man who once was the leader of the free world to join the jabber on TV?’
    • ‘After that comment, sure enough her sister conjured up the same lecture about swearing to Blair, Blair was just a bit put down when she couldn't walk away from this incessant jabber of her sister's idea on etiquette.’
    • ‘Isaiah raised his hand, signaling him to stop the jabber, ‘The file has been submitted one to you and a copy to the Archive database.’’
    • ‘He thought a moment, ‘But it's so boring without your mindless jabber,’ he whined to her.’
    • ‘The locals weren't mad about all that foreign jabber or all those people stretched out, covered in Nivea cream and not surfing, but it was all right.’
    • ‘Maria could see the boy's mouths moving, but the words descended into incomprehensible jabber.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, there will be lots of jabber about posturing about the value of precedent at the Senate hearings.’
    • ‘He was muttering unconnected phrases, like ‘make you love me’ ‘dog… no, mine’ it was insane jabber.’
    • ‘Now, if you're going to fight me, stop the jibber jabber and let's get started!’
    • ‘Demetrius is frustrated with Hermia's jabber and constant chatter and tells her he did nothing of the sort.’
    • ‘There I sat in Language Arts listening to the jabber of everyone in the class.’
    • ‘After nearly twenty minutes of this pointless and boring (and, in some cases, untruthful) jabber, the coach blew four quick whistle blasts and gave a long, loud holler.’
    • ‘It was like the endless jabber on the radio, without having a way to turn it off.’
    • ‘Brae sat back happily and listened half-heartedly to Chase's unceasing jabber.’
    • ‘There is so much mindless golf jabber on TV that I would welcome a season-long commentator lockout.’
    • ‘Lost amid the jabber over what the Next Big Thing in passenger vehicles is likely to be, is the humble midsized sedan.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, chattering, twitter, twittering, prating, gabble, jibber-jabber, patter, blather, rambling, twaddle, drivel
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Origin

Late 15th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

jabber

/ˈjabər//ˈdʒæbər/