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burble

[bur-buh l] /ˈbɜr bəl/
verb (used without object), burbled, burbling.
1.
to make a bubbling sound; bubble.
2.
to speak in an excited manner; babble.
noun
3.
a bubbling or gentle flow.
4.
an excited flow of speech.
5.
Aeronautics. the breakdown of smooth airflow around a wing at a high angle of attack.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; perhaps variant of bubble
Related forms
burbler, noun
burbly, adverb
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Examples from the web for burble
  • But long before that first burble or coo, babies are learning the elements of language.
  • The clear streams burble over pebbles and through meadows.
  • She would hum and sing and even burble in a contented way.
  • We were sitting in a bucolic place: a narrow, swiftly moving stream nearby gave a gentle burble while birds tweeted above us.
  • She puts bath salts in the sisters' sugar bowls so that their teacups burble bubbles when they daintily sugar their tea.
British Dictionary definitions for burble

burble

/ˈbɜːbəl/
verb
1.
to make or utter with a bubbling sound; gurgle
2.
(intransitive; often foll by away or on) to talk quickly and excitedly
3.
(intransitive) (of the airflow around a body) to become turbulent
noun
4.
a bubbling or gurgling sound
5.
a flow of excited speech
6.
turbulence in the airflow around a body
Derived Forms
burbler, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Spanish borbollar to bubble, gush, Italian borbugliare
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Word Origin and History for burble
v.

"make a bubbling sound," c.1300, imitative. Related: Burbled; burbling.

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burble in Technology


[Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"] Like flame, but connotes that the source is truly clueless and ineffectual (mere flamers can be competent). A term of deep contempt. "There's some guy on the phone burbling about how he got a DISK FULL error and it's all our comm software's fault." This is mainstream slang in some parts of England.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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