- 1 [no object] Make a continuous murmuring noise: a stream burbled through the woodsMore 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.
- 1.1Speak continuously and at length in an unintelligible or confused way: he burbled on about annuities [with object]: he was burbling inanitiesMore example sentences
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; British talk nineteen to the dozen; Scottish & Irish slabber onNorth American • informal run off at the mouthAustralian/New Zealand • informal mag
- 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.
- 2 (often as noun burbling) Aeronautics (Of an airflow) break up into turbulence.More 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.
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- 1Continuous murmuring noise: the steady burble of running waterMore 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 burbleMore 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.
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- 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.
Middle English (in the sense 'to bubble'): imitative. Current senses date from the late 19th century.