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gibber

[jib-er, gib-] /ˈdʒɪb ər, ˈgɪb-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
2.
to speak foolishly; chatter.
noun
3.
gibbering utterance.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; origin uncertain; perhaps frequentative of gib (obsolete) to caterwaul (see gib2); sense and pronunciation influenced by association with jabber
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British Dictionary definitions for gibbers

gibber1

/ˈdʒɪbə/
verb
1.
to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
2.
(intransitive) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
noun
3.
a less common word for gibberish
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin

gibber2

/ˈɡɪbə/
noun (Austral)
1.
a stone or boulder
2.
(modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stones: gibber plains
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for gibbers

gibber

v.

c.1600, probably a back-formation from gibberish. Related: Gibbered; gibbering.

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Encyclopedia Article for gibbers

gibber

rock- and pebble-littered area of arid or semi-arid country in Australia. The rocks are generally angular fragments formed from broken up duricrust, usually silcrete, a hardened crust of soil cemented by silica (SiO2). The gravel cover may be only one rock fragment deep, or it may consist of several layers buried in fine-grained material that is thought to have been blown in. A gibber is generally considered a result of mechanical weathering because silica is almost inert to chemical weathering.

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