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[blab] /blæb/ Informal.
verb (used with object), blabbed, blabbing.
to reveal indiscreetly and thoughtlessly:
They blabbed my confidences to everyone.
verb (used without object), blabbed, blabbing.
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.
idle, indiscreet chattering.
a person who blabs; blabbermouth.
Also, blabber
[blab-er] /ˈblæb ər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of blab
1325-75; Middle English blabbe (noun), perhaps back formation from blaberen to blabber; cognate with Old Norse blabbra, German plappern Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for blab


verb blabs, blabbing, blabbed
to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
(intransitive) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle
a less common word for blabber (sense 1), blabber (sense 2)
Derived Forms
blabbing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German blabbizōn, Icelandic blabbra
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Word Origin and History for blab

mid-15c., apparently from Middle English noun blabbe "one who does not control his tongue" (late 13c.), probably echoic. Related: Blabbed; blabbing. The exact relationship between the blabs and blabber is difficult to determine. The noun was "[e]xceedingly common in 16th and 17th c.; unusual in literature since c 1750" [OED].

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