from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To talk idly or incessantly, as about trivial matters.
  • noun Idle talk; chatter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To project like a tusk.
  • noun The mouth.
  • noun Idle talk; chatter; loquacity.
  • To jest; lie in jest; speak with exaggeration; lie.
  • To talk idly; talk much; chatter; prate.
  • To speak or tell falsely.
  • noun A hook or crook; specifically, the hook on an eccentricrod which engages the wrist on the rock-shaft lever of a valve-motion.
  • noun A jest; joke; mock; a piece of pleasantry.
  • noun Same as gaub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Steam Engine) The hook on the end of an eccentric rod opposite the strap. See. Illust. of eccentric.
  • noun colloq. The mouth; hence, idle prate; chatter; unmeaning talk; loquaciousness.
  • noun [Colloq.] facility of expression.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To deceive; to lie.
  • intransitive verb To talk idly; to prate; to chatter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun idle chatter
  • noun mouth as gob
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To jest; to tell lies in jest; exaggerate; lie.
  • verb intransitive To talk or chatter a lot, usually on trivial subjects.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To speak or tell falsely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb talk profusely
  • noun light informal conversation for social occasions


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gabben, to scoff, speak foolishly, from Old Norse gabba, to scoff.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gabben, from Old English gabban ("to scoff, mock, delude, jest") and Old Norse gabba ("to mock, make sport of"); both from Proto-Germanic *gabbanan (“to mock, jest”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghabh- (“to be split, be forked, gape”). Cognate with Scots gab ("to mock, prate"), North Frisian gabben ("to jest, sport"), Middle Dutch gabben ("to mock"), Middle Low German gabben ("to jest, have fun").


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word gab.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Gabbs Airport (Nevada).

    October 29, 2008