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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

Etymologies

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)

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