Definition of yabber in US English:



[no object]informal
  • Chatter.

    • ‘It's bad enough people yabbering on when you're in a library but when it comes to brain-bubbling, mind-twistingly awful ring tones, there should be no escape.’
    • ‘So the house was full of hot, sweaty men - yabbering away about the cricket.’
    • ‘Before I could stop myself I was yabbering on excitedly.’
    • ‘Yummy mummies are still yabbering away on cellphones while jogging with luxury prams.’
    • ‘Go have a look and see what he is yabbering on about here.’
    • ‘To the right of him, coming down was another man, ugly and tall, yabbering into his mobile, displaying too much gold jewellery.’
    • ‘We had spent almost all night yabbering to each other.’
    • ‘Kev finished off by yabbering on about brains connecting to computers and thought-control of objects.’
    • ‘Even when he had finished his purchase, he continued yabbering away, commenting on the box of pliers she had on the counter.’
    • ‘No-one has really run with the story; there's a fair bit of on-line yabbering, but strictly along partisan blog lines.’
    • ‘I had gone straight to work after school, feeling I couldn't stand having to listen to my mother yabber on about her problems with having to raise me and the baby all by herself.’
    • ‘Harold, stop yabbering before you say something you might regret.’
    • ‘On a bracing autumn night, consuming cold lager, watching opera in Covent Garden from a balcony bar and yabbering away in the company of Jen, Mat and Meg… life in London is good.’
    • ‘The last girl who ranted was yabbering on about being a comfortable C and someone else told her to get implants - what is all of this competition about breast size?’
    • ‘On the train, there's an Australian woman yabbering into her mobile about her recent purchases.’
    • ‘Instead, I'll yabber on about how I enjoyed an extremely hedonistic weekend that was so unrelenting I had to neglect writing entries here for two whole days.’
    • ‘What's all this yabber, yabber, yabber for two hours every week?’
    • ‘What're yeh yabbering about now? ‘he barked from the floor.’’
    • ‘I, alone at a table, climbed outside a bottle of zinfandel and some joyful tagliolini gratinati (I don't eat a lot of pasta but my stomach needed it) and embarrassed myself yabbering drunkenly at strangers.’
    • ‘Bush keeps yabbering on about how people should donate to the Red Cross and Catholic Charities.’
    prattle, babble, chatter, twitter, prate, gabble, jabber, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, yap, jibber-jabber, patter, blether, blither, maunder, ramble, drivel
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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Probably from Wuywurung (an Aboriginal language).