Definition of babble in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbabəl/ /ˈbæbəl/

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way.

    • ‘they babbled on about their vacation’
    prattle, rattle on, gabble, chatter, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, prate, ramble, burble, blather, blether, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber
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    1. 1.1reporting verb Utter something rapidly and incoherently.
      • ‘I gasped and stared and babbled, “Look at this!”’
      delirious, raving, babbling, hysterical, irrational
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    2. 1.2Reveal something secret or confidential by talking carelessly.
      • ‘he babbled to another convict while he was in jail’
      blurt out, blab, reveal, divulge, let slip, let out, give away, come out with
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  • 2(of flowing water) make a continuous murmuring sound.

    • ‘the shallow river babbled over smooth rocks’
    burble, murmur, gurgle, purl, tinkle
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mass noun

mass noun
  • 1The sound of people talking simultaneously.

    ‘the answers were difficult to hear amid the babble of conversation’
    • ‘a confused babble of voices’
    clamour, din, racket, confused noise, tumult, uproar, hubbub
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    1. 1.1Foolish, excited, or confused talk.
      • ‘her soft voice stopped his babble’
      prattle, gabble, chatter, jabber, prating, rambling, blather, blether
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  • 2The continuous murmuring sound of flowing water.

    • ‘the babble of a brook’
    babble, burble, purl, lap
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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.