Definition of yabber in English:



[no object]informal
  • Chatter.

    ‘what's he yabbering about?’
    • ‘On the train, there's an Australian woman yabbering into her mobile about her recent purchases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kev finished off by yabbering on about brains connecting to computers and thought-control of objects.’
    • ‘Bush keeps yabbering on about how people should donate to the Red Cross and Catholic Charities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's all this yabber, yabber, yabber for two hours every week?’
    • ‘To the right of him, coming down was another man, ugly and tall, yabbering into his mobile, displaying too much gold jewellery.’
    • ‘Yummy mummies are still yabbering away on cellphones while jogging with luxury prams.’
    • ‘So the house was full of hot, sweaty men - yabbering away about the cricket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Go have a look and see what he is yabbering on about here.’
    • ‘We had spent almost all night yabbering to each other.’
    • ‘Before I could stop myself I was yabbering on excitedly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What're yeh yabbering about now? ‘he barked from the floor.’’
    • ‘Harold, stop yabbering before you say something you might regret.’
    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).