Definition of jabber in English:


Line breaks: jab¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒabə


[no object]
Talk in a rapid, excited, and often incomprehensible way: he jabbered on about football
More example sentences
  • Big Bill is so desperate for attention these days that he might actually show up, and then you'd have a hard time getting rid of him as he jabbered on into the wee hours while your other guests stifle yawns and sneak peeks at their watches.
  • He jabbers, raves, and gestures to no one, in contradiction to the more subdued Hamlet of productions such as the 2000 Ethan Hawke film version.
  • Your neighbor may spend the whole flight jabbering on their mobile.
talk rapidly, talk incoherently, talk unintelligibly
British informal witter, rabbit, chunter, natter, waffle
Scottish & Irish informal slabber
Australian/New Zealand informal mag
archaic twaddle, clack, twattle


[mass noun] Back to top  
Rapid, excited, and often incomprehensible speech.
More example sentences
  • Now, if you're going to fight me, stop the jibber jabber and let's get started!
  • Some of the Kagan / Lewis conversation about bloggers consisted, for the most part, of often incomprehensible jabber like this.
  • Demetrius is frustrated with Hermia's jabber and constant chatter and tells her he did nothing of the sort.
rapid talk, unintelligible talk
British informal wittering, rabbiting, nattering, waffle, waffling
Australian/New Zealand informal mag
archaic clack, twattle


late 15th century: imitative.




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