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[jab-er] /ˈdʒæb ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.
rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.
Origin of jabber
1490-1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1
Related forms
jabberer, noun
jabberingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jabber
  • Unfortunately there are many others who jabber and talk about their wonderful work, but do little or nothing that is worthwhile.
  • People need to be educated about this and stop listening to inane jabber from the talking heads on television.
  • These last two columns show the kind of inconsequential jabber that illustrate your decline.
  • Plus there was the usual pious droning and technical jabber from various experts.
  • He went up to her and pretended to jabber wildly in her face.
  • Forget all of this jabber of competing calculations and let's get down to real science.
  • There's plenty to choose from, so let's cut the jibber jabber and get down to it.
  • We've had fun getting together to jabber every week since last summer, and we've been grateful for your attention and feedback.
  • The crowd knows this and starts to jabber, a tense ripple of collective excitement and nerves.
  • It had landed without circling, testimony that neither the blind nor the jabber and laughter coming from within was a concern.
British Dictionary definitions for jabber


to speak or say rapidly, incoherently, and without making sense; chatter
such talk
Derived Forms
jabberer, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin; compare gibber1
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Word Origin and History for jabber

1650s, spelling variant of Middle English jablen (c.1400), also javeren, jaberen, probably ultimately echoic. Related: Jabbered; jabbering. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jabber



A hypodermic needle (1915+ Narcotics)


To talk incessantly; chatter on (1499+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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jabber in Technology

When a network node transmits a packet longer than the maximum permissible length, usually due to a fault condition.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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