blab

[blab] Informal.
verb (used with object), blabbed, blabbing.
1.
to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly: They blabbed my confidences to everyone.
verb (used without object), blabbed, blabbing.
2.
to talk or chatter indiscreetly or thoughtlessly: Don't confide in him, because he blabs. She blabbed so much I couldn't hear the concert.
noun
3.
idle, indiscreet chattering.
4.
a person who blabs; blabbermouth.
Also, blabber [blab-er] .


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English blabbe (noun), perhaps back formation from blaberen to blabber; cognate with Old Norse blabbra, German plappern

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blab (blæb)
 
vb , blabs, blabbing, blabbed
1.  to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
2.  (intr) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle
 
n
3.  blabber a less common word for blabber
 
[C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German blabbizōn, Icelandic blabbra]
 
'blabbing
 
n, —adj

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blab
1530s, from M.E. noun blabbe "one who does not control his tongue" (late 14c.), probably echoic.
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blab definition

[blæb]
  1. n.
    talk; chatter; meaningless talk. : I never pay any attention to blab like that.
  2. tv.
    to tell a secret; to reveal something private in public. : Tiffany blabbed the whole thing.
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BLAB
Biomedical Library Acquisitions Bulletin
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Example sentences
One has only to blab in his cups and it all collapses.
All the while, campers blab on their cellphones to friends and family and other reporters.
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