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burble

Line breaks: bur¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːb(ə)l
 
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Definition of burble in English:

verb

1 [no object] Make a continuous murmuring noise: a stream burbled through the woods
More example sentences
  • I jammed my head over the railing on the gorge's upstream side: nothing but the pretty stream burbling over rocks and between snowbanks 70 feet below.
  • It had a trout stream burbling through the middle of it - I didn't fish - and too many ruined barns to do up.
  • He drew deeply on his hookah, wheezing and coughing, making it burble and bubble in the still air.
Synonyms
gurgle, bubble, murmur, purr, purl, tinkle, whir, drone, rumble, buzz, hum
literary plash
1.1Speak continuously and at length in an unintelligible or confused way: he burbled on about annuities [with object]: he was burbling inanities
More example sentences
  • He could have burbled on, said things he didn't mean to say, kept it going just for appearances.
  • And along beside Mott's Road the stream is gurgling, babbling, chattering, bubbling, giggling, chortling, burbling - so many words to express the natural joy, the hilarity of nature doing what it does best: glorifying God in its self.
  • Now I am hiding in my room sniggering & eating ice cream, & in a second I'll probably start giggling uncontrollably & burbling about Jim Morrison.
Synonyms
prattle, blather, blether, blither, babble (on), gabble, prate, drivel, rattle on/away, ramble, maunder, go on, run on, talk at length, talk incessantly, talk a lot;
chatter, yap, gossip;
Scottish & Irish slabber on
British informal rabbit, witter, waffle, natter, chunter, talk the hind legs off a donkey
North American informal run off at the mouth
Australian/New Zealand informal mag
archaic twaddle, twattle, claver, clack
2 (often as noun burbling) Aeronautics (Of an airflow) break up into turbulence.
Example sentences
  • At greater than approximately 110-120 kias (altitude 1200-3500ft) there is significant buffeting or burbling of airflow felt in the airframe.
  • Just before a wing stalls, the airflow "burbles," or becomes turbulent over the upper surface of the wing.
  • The airflow over the tail was burbling and that is when I lost control.

noun

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1Continuous murmuring noise: the steady burble of running water
More example sentences
  • As she crests the ridge, high above the water, she catches the first white-noise burble.
  • The engine kicks into life - but not so much with a deep-throated roar as a pleasing, tinny burble.
  • Gensets with integral sound shields can be very quiet, especially when fitted with exhaust systems that separate cooling water from the exhaust gas, avoiding the annoying burble/splash of the conventional exhaust system.
1.1Rambling speech: an hour of boring burble
More example sentences
  • Chattering, always chattering with the indecipherable burble of an audience.
  • So much babble and burble is spoken about the internet and cyber-space that I almost recoil from it but the web conforms entirely to the free market idea of an end-independent spontaneous order.
  • So… you need a Famous Writer, or at a pinch, a Famous Reviewer (which is all too often an oxymoron) to produce the necessary burble for the blurb.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'to bubble'): imitative. Current senses date from the late 19th century.

Derivatives

burbler

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Experience these burblers and their caboose companions before the last curtain call.
  • Chicago is filled with fountains, from small burblers in neighborhoods to soaring plumes of wind-driven water.
  • Having dealt with Sir Elton rather charitably, Mr Rosen moves on to that mighty burbler of the previous generation, John Lennon.

Words that rhyme with burble

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