intransitive verb[no object]
1Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way.
prattle, rattle on, gabble, chatter, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, prate, ramble, burble, blather, blether, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabberView synonyms
- ‘they babbled on about their vacation’
- 1.1reporting verb Utter something rapidly and incoherently.
delirious, raving, babbling, hysterical, irrationalView synonyms
- ‘I gasped and stared and babbled, “Look at this!”’
- 1.2Reveal something secret or confidential by talking carelessly.
blurt out, blab, reveal, divulge, let slip, let out, give away, come out withView synonyms
- ‘he babbled to another convict while he was in jail’
2(of a flowing water) make a continuous murmuring sound.
burble, murmur, gurgle, purl, tinkleView synonyms
- ‘the shallow river babbled over smooth rocks’
nouni mass noun
1The sound of people talking simultaneously.‘the answers were difficult to hear amid the babble of conversation’
clamour, din, racket, confused noise, tumult, uproar, hubbubView synonyms
- ‘a confused babble of voices’
- 1.1Foolish, excited, or confused talk.
prattle, gabble, chatter, jabber, prating, rambling, blather, bletherView synonyms
- ‘her soft voice stopped his babble’
2The continuous murmuring sound of flowing water.
babble, burble, purl, lapView synonyms
- ‘the babble of a brook’
Middle English from Middle Low German babbelen, or an independent English formation, as a frequentative based on the repeated syllable ba, typical of a child's early speech.