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gab1

[gab] /gæb/
verb (used without object), gabbed, gabbing.
1.
to talk or chat idly; chatter.
noun
2.
idle talk; chatter.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; apparently expressive variant of gob4; cf. gabble
Related forms
gabber, noun
Synonyms
1. chitchat, gossip, visit; yak, rap, schmooze.
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British Dictionary definitions for gabbed

gab1

/ɡæb/
verb gabs, gabbing, gabbed
1.
(intransitive) to talk excessively or idly, esp about trivial matters; gossip; chatter
noun
2.
idle or trivial talk
3.
gift of the gab, ability to speak effortlessly, glibly, or persuasively
Derived Forms
gabber, noun
Word Origin
C18: variant of Northern dialect gob mouth, probably from Irish Gaelic gob beak, mouth

gab2

/ɡæb/
noun
1.
a hook or open notch in a rod or lever that drops over the spindle of a valve to form a temporary connection for operating the valve
2.
a pointed tool used in masonry
Word Origin
C18: probably from Flemish gabbe notch, gash

GAB

abbreviation
1.
Gabon (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for gabbed

gab

v.

"to reproach," c.1200, via Scottish and northern England dialect, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse gabba "to mock," or from Old French gabber "mock, boast," both perhaps ultimately imitative. Related: Gabbed; gabbing. Meaning "to talk much" is from 1786, probably a back-formation from gabble.

n.

early 14c., "mockery," from Old French gab, from gaber (see gab (v.)); meaning "idle talk" is from 1737. Gift of the gab "talent for speaking" is from 1680s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gabbed

gab

verb

Talk, esp of a long, prattling sort

[1786+; fr Scots or Northern English dialect; perhaps related to the Old French gab, ''mockery, boasting'']


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