- 1Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way: they babbled on about their holidayMore example sentences
prattle, rattle on, gabble, chatter, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, prate, ramble, burble, blather, blether, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber; Scottish & Irish slabberNorth American • informal run off at the mouthAustralian/New Zealand • informal mag
- My mother continued to babble on but I paid no attention.
- Stacey continued to babble on, totally naïve to the fact that she was causing so many eyes to focus on her.
- Krista continued to babble on about how one of her uncles had gone through the same thing and it all turned out just fine.
- 1.1 [reporting verb] Utter something rapidly and incoherently: [with direct speech]: ‘Thank goodness you’re all right,’ she babbledMore example sentences
- The young man's brows furrowed, babbling something incoherently from under his father's firm hand.
- He was right; I did feel better after babbling my incoherent misgivings.
- They all babbled their apologies to him, terrified.
- 1.2Reveal something secret or confidential by talking carelessly: he babbled to another convict while he was in jailMore example sentences
- Had he, on their command, babbled out everything he knew?
- It was later in the night when his father finally arrived home as his youngest sister babbled out all to his father.
- When the Wisconsin politicians babbled to the Press, the Press rushed back to the senator for confirmation.
- 2 (usually as adjective babbling) (Of a stream) make the continuous murmuring sound of water flowing over stones: a gently babbling brookMore example sentences
- Not far away was a clear, babbling stream of fresh water from the top of the mountain.
- On the soundproofed pastel wall, a huge TV screen showed a stream babbling over rocks.
- Trees, distant mountains, slowly rolling hills of soft grass, flowers, somewhere behind her a river or brook babbling: it was the way she had always envisioned heaven.
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- 1 [in singular] The confused sound of a group of people talking simultaneously: a babble of protestMore example sentences
- I'm picking these sounds out from the babble of the past, a raucous market fair of a landscape that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
- From an uncertain corner in another part of the pub, there was a babble of bedlam.
- The gorgeous changing colors of the high-tech map were accompanied by sound: the babble of many meteorologists overlaid by the powerful roar of wind and waves.
- 1.1Foolish, excited, or confused talk: her soft voice stopped his babbleMore example sentences
- She stopped her excited babble and grabbed my wrist, dragging me off to math class.
- She does seem very quick to understand my situation from the tearful babble which comes out of me when I see her.
- He had merely stood there, tall and silent, piercing her with his incessant gaze, until her words had died to a senseless babble.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Background disturbance caused by interference from conversations on other telephone lines.More example sentences
- To test this, we added background babble (from the SPIN-R test) and replicated the experiment with another group of younger listeners.
- The resulting babble of overlapping signals can confuse the receiver.
- 2The continuous murmuring sound of water flowing over stones in a stream: the babble of a brookMore example sentences
- The sounds coming from the workshops combine with the babble of the stream to create an authentic atmosphere of the settlement of old.
- In the silence of the grove, she heard the pleasant babble of the stream, except that it was no longer a quiet sloshing.
- In plants, a babble of water and small molecules flows through the plasmodesmata between cells.
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- All my subliminal terrors are associated with my father who died in the babblement of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease - we were never sure which took over in the end.
- All of this babblement makes this a delightful read-aloud, both for the listener, and for the adult reader who can have fun with the twitch-tickling wordplay.
- Over the thought of the babblement and the scenes of the evening, arose in my mind one question touching upon the final law of being, for which I would seek answer from this sage.
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.