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blab

[blab] /blæb/ 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] /ˈblæb ər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of blab
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English blabbe (noun), perhaps back formation from blaberen to blabber; cognate with Old Norse blabbra, German plappern
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  • It oughtn't to be blabbed about, or the Maranovitch might hear enough to make them stop and listen.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Either the under-sheriff had blabbed, or George had been boasting of his diplomacy.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • They know that you blabbed, and that I know it; they know I've had you in the hole.

  • Unfortunately he had slaves who blabbed all his secrets and harmed him.

  • Apart from the fact that he had sworn not to give Graham away, he wasn't the kind that blabbed.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • I blabbed when my wits were gone; but he was very kind all the same.

    Jo's Boys Louisa May Alcott
  • Reason they didnt do it, it was blabbed, and the excise pricked up its ears.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • You mean that after them boys has blabbed the whole thing, you won't deny it?

    Captain Ted Louis Pendleton
  • The old fool would have blabbed to me what you told him to keep quiet about.

British Dictionary definitions for blabbed

blab

/blæb/
verb blabs, blabbing, blabbed
1.
to divulge (secrets) indiscreetly
2.
(intransitive) to chatter thoughtlessly; prattle
noun
3.
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 blabbed

blab

v.

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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