Definitions for: Babble

[n] gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
[v] divulge information or secrets; spill the beans; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
[v] to talk foolishly; "The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
[v] utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way; "The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"
[v] flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise, as of water; "babbling brooks"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bab"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Babbled (?);p. pr. & vb.
n. Babbling.] [Cf.LG. babbeln, D. babbelen, G. bappeln,
bappern, F. babiller, It. babbolare; prob. orig., to keep
saying ba, imitative of a child learning to talk.]
1. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter
inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.

2. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.

3. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.

4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water
running over stones.

In every babbling he finds a friend. --Wordsworth.

Note: Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they
are too noisy after having found a good scent.

Syn: To prate; prattle; chatter; gossip.

Bab"ble, v. i.
1. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as
words, in a childish way without understanding.

These [words] he used to babble in all companies.

2. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.

Bab"ble, n.
1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. ``This is
mere moral babble.'' --Milton.

2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.

The babble of our young children. --Darwin.

The babble of the stream. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: babble out, babbling, blab, blab out, blather, blether, blither, bubble, burble, guggle, gurgle, lallation, peach, ripple, sing, smatter, talk, tattle

Antonyms: keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth

See Also: blabber, break, bring out, chatter, clack, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, gabble, gibber, gibber, gibberish, give away, go, impart, let on, let out, maunder, mouth, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, reveal, sound, speak, tittle-tattle, twaddle, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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