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jabber

[jab-er] /ˈdʒæb ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to talk or utter rapidly, indistinctly, incoherently, or nonsensically; chatter.
noun
2.
rapid, indistinct, or nonsensical talk; gibberish.
Origin of jabber
1490-1500
1490-1500; apparently imitative; cf. gibber, gab1
Related forms
jabberer, noun
jabberingly, adverb
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  • The girl began to jabber, incoherently but Martha Foote passed on through the little hall to the door of the bedroom.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • Are you goin' to keep up your jabber when I'm speakin' to the gentlemen?

  • Like many of the animals who fill the Zoo with their strange noises, early man liked to jabber.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • All the difference between us is, that you can jabber Dutch a little.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • There is a quiet resolution over this people at present which makes a most impressive contrast to the jabber of the world outside.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • You stop here a little while, sir, and you will hear him begin to jabber.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • The landlord, in the full career of his own jabber, was stricken mute for a moment.

  • In their jabber of tongues they said things about her as she passed.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • There was a lot of jabber one place about the "Œdipus Complex," for example, but he didn't connect at all.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
British Dictionary definitions for jabber

jabber

/ˈdʒæbə/
verb
1.
to speak or say rapidly, incoherently, and without making sense; chatter
noun
2.
such talk
Derived Forms
jabberer, noun
Word Origin
C15: of imitative origin; compare gibber1
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Word Origin and History for jabber
v.

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

jabber

noun

A hypodermic needle (1915+ Narcotics)

verb

To talk incessantly; chatter on (1499+)

Related Terms

jibber-jabber

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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jabber in Technology

networking
When a network node transmits a packet longer than the maximum permissible length, usually due to a fault condition.
(1996-05-10)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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