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gabble

[gab-uh l] /ˈgæb əl/
verb (used without object), gabbled, gabbling.
1.
to speak or converse rapidly and unintelligibly; jabber.
2.
(of hens, geese, etc.) to cackle.
verb (used with object), gabbled, gabbling.
3.
to utter rapidly and unintelligibly.
noun
4.
rapid, unintelligible talk.
5.
any quick succession of meaningless sounds.
Origin of gabble
1570-1580
1570-80; perhaps < Middle Dutch gabbelen, or expressive formation in English; cf. gab1, gob4, -le
Related forms
gabbler, noun
outgabble, verb (used with object), outgabbled, outgabbling.
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Examples from the Web for gabble
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  • One does not gabble the common-places of life when in the presence of the supreme in art.

  • And all the time the gabble of the women mocked at the silence of death.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • They might gabble in a corner to each other and simper and giggle and pretend, but they were ballet-hoppers.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • But I don't want you to gabble about where you found me sleeping.'

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Presently they began to gabble; in low tones at first, which increased, perhaps unconsciously to themselves, to higher ones.

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It must have acted as a fine check, though, on people who just wanted to gabble.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • O thou philosophic Teufelsdrockh, that listenest while others only gabble, and with thy quick tympanum hearest the grass grow!

    Sartor Resartus Thomas Carlyle
  • What business has you to gabble on so while you are in limbo?

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I meant this time to thoroughly convince Buckhurst of my ability to gabble platitude.

    The Maids of Paradise Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • The confusion of Babel did not surpass the present gabble of a West-India market.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for gabble

gabble

/ˈɡæbəl/
verb
1.
to utter (words, etc) rapidly and indistinctly; jabber
2.
(intransitive) (of geese and some other birds or animals) to utter rapid cackling noises
noun
3.
rapid and indistinct speech or noises
Derived Forms
gabbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch gabbelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gabble
v.

1570s, frequentative of gab (q.v.), or else imitative. Related: Gabbled; gabbling.

n.

c.1600, from gabble (v.).

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