Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To talk rapidly, unintelligibly, or idly.
  • transitive v. To utter rapidly or unintelligibly.
  • n. Rapid or babbling talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.
  • v. To utter rapidly or indistinctly; to gabble.
  • n. Rapid or incoherent talk, with indistinct utterance; gibberish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Rapid or incoherent talk, with indistinct utterance; gibberish.
  • intransitive v. To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense; to chatter.
  • transitive v. To utter rapidly or indistinctly; to gabble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To talk rapidly, indistinctly, imperfectly, or nonsensically; utter gibberish; chatter; prate.
  • To utter rapidly or indistinctly.
  • n. Rapid talk with indistinct utterance of words; chattering.

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

  • n. rapid and indistinct speech
  • v. talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

Etymologies

Middle English javeren, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But there's a lot of conversation, there's a lot of talk, there's a lot of jabber, which is very similar, they say, to what happened right before September 11.

    CNN Transcript May 22, 2002

  • * Not known as a jabber Valero nevertheless out-jabbed a converted right-hander known for his solid stick 87-47.

    BoxingScene.com

  • And if he was busy above stairs with the governor, there was another busy below with us poor English servants, a kind of subordinate priest, a low Italian; as he could speak no language but his own, he was continually jabbering to us in that, and by hearing him the maids and myself contrived to pick up a good deal of the language, so that we understood most that was said, and could speak it very fairly; and the themes of his jabber were the beauty and virtues of one whom he called

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • If you have a friend who has even once referred to a foreign language as "jabber," travel far away from that friend, whose whole neighborhood is likely to be poisonous.

    Questions of travel

  • The cashier was going on about how the freemasons are running the country because Bush was part of Skull and Bones at Yale, and how it really doesn't matter who you vote for because so was Kerry you just don't get this kind of jabber at the Safeway, do you?

    08/04

  • Taking "jabber" in its ordinary acceptation of "excited and voluble discussion," this would give the meaning of "the result of much excited discussion."

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson)

  • He was interested in Peke's "jabber," and wondered, somewhat enviously, why such a man as this, rough, ragged, and uneducated, should seem to possess a contentment such as he had never known.

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • $messenger - > im ($addr [ 'jabber'], $addr [ 'name']);

    phpBB.com

  • $this - > queue - > init ( 'jabber', $config [ 'jab_package_size']);

    phpBB.com

  • 'jabber', or because he remembered what he had forgotten when he woke up at the sound of Irene's labours, that his plan was to make the goblins think he was getting weak.

    The Princess and the Goblin

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  • West Wing, converted to quarters
    where one jabbers into a phone
    devoid of connecting wire...

    - Peter Reading, Visit, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 28, 2008