verb (used without object), babbled, babbling.
to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
to make a continuous, murmuring sound.
verb (used with object), babbled, babbling.
to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly: to babble a secret.
inarticulate or imperfect speech.
foolish, meaningless, or incoherent speech; prattle.
a murmuring sound or a confusion of sounds.
babbling ( def 2 ).
Telecommunications. a confused mixture of extraneous sounds in a circuit, resulting from cross talk from other channels. Compare cross talk ( def 1 ).

1200–50; Middle English babelen; cognate with Old Norse babbla, Dutch babbelen, German pappelen

outbabble, verb (used with object), outbabbled, outbabbling.

babble, Babel, bauble, bubble.

2. chitchat, gabble, drivel, blather. 3. murmur, gurgle, burble. Unabridged
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babble (ˈbæbəl)
1.  to utter (words, sounds, etc) in an incoherent or indistinct jumble
2.  (intr) to talk foolishly, incessantly, or irrelevantly
3.  (tr) to disclose (secrets, confidences, etc) carelessly or impulsively
4.  (intr) (of streams, birds, etc) to make a low murmuring or bubbling sound
5.  incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
6.  a murmuring or bubbling sound
[C13: compare Dutch babbelen, Swedish babbla, French babiller to prattle, Latin babulus fool; probably all of imitative origin]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., babeln "to prattle," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. Swedish babbla, O.Fr. babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk,
in any case (cf. L. babulus "babbler," Gk. barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses" [OED]. Meaning "to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly" is attested from early 15c.
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Example sentences
Don't be so short that you're incomplete, but don't babble on either.
The characters babble in chipmunk voices, spouting dialogue that is mostly
  scripted but seems improvised.
They babble on as if the user were in a magical state of attentiveness.
Now consider its modern heir: the babble about towers spouted by architects.
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