from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To talk idly or incessantly, as about trivial matters.
- n. Idle talk; chatter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. idle chatter
- n. mouth as gob
- v. To jest; to tell lies in jest; exaggerate; lie.
- v. To talk or chatter a lot, usually on trivial subjects.
- v. To speak or tell falsely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hook on the end of an eccentric rod opposite the strap. See. Illust. of eccentric.
- n. The mouth; hence, idle prate; chatter; unmeaning talk; loquaciousness.
- intransitive v. To deceive; to lie.
- intransitive v. To talk idly; to prate; to chatter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To jest; lie in jest; speak with exaggeration; lie.
- To talk idly; talk much; chatter; prate.
- To speak or tell falsely.
- n. Idle talk; chatter; loquacity.
- n. The mouth.
- To project like a tusk.
- n. A hook or crook; specifically, the hook on an eccentricrod which engages the wrist on the rock-shaft lever of a valve-motion.
- n. A jest; joke; mock; a piece of pleasantry.
- n. Same as gaub.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk profusely
- n. light informal conversation for social occasions
Middle English gabben, to scoff, speak foolishly, from Old Norse gabba, to scoff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)