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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
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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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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