Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To speak rapidly or incoherently; jabber.
  • intransitive v. To make rapid, low muttering or quacking sounds, as a goose or duck.
  • transitive v. To utter rapidly or incoherently.
  • n. Rapid, incoherent, or meaningless speech.
  • n. The low muttering sound of a goose or duck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To talk fast, idly, foolishly, or without meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To talk fast, or to talk without meaning; to prate; to jabber.
  • intransitive v. To utter inarticulate sounds with rapidity; -- used of fowls as well as people.
  • n. Loud or rapid talk without meaning.
  • n. Inarticulate sounds rapidly uttered; as of fowls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To talk noisily and rapidly; speak incoherently or without sense; prate; jabber.
  • To utter inarticulate sounds in rapid succession, like a goose when feeding.
  • To utter noisily, rapidly, and incoherently: as, to gabble a lesson.
  • To affect in some way by gabbling.
  • n. Loud or rapid talk without sense or coherence.
  • n. Inarticulate chattering, as of fowl.
  • n. Synonyms See prattle, n.

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

  • n. rapid and indistinct speech
  • v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Etymologies

Probably frequentative of gab.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • How that old lady did smile and (as she herself laughingly said) "gabble" her delight!

    Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence The Queer Old Man of the Thousand Islands

  • "When I 'read the minutes' I just reach back in my mind and recall what the gabble was the night before -- I've got an awfully good memory.

    Tunnel In The Sky

  • 'gabble'; he gets 'beyond drivelling' into something more like

    The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) James Mill

  • “It was a fine summer’s night, and there was not wind enough to fill a sky-sail, and on I went the back-way to the place where we used to meet in the summer-house: but as I was nearing it, I thought I heard two voices: I hove to, and listened. it was a mongrel kind of gabble, between

    Three Weeks in the Downs, or Conjugal Fidelity Rewarded: exemplified in the Narrative of Helen and Edmund

  • Gabble, gabble, gabble, gabble, quack, quack, quack and cock a doodle do — Will you scold Betsy Howyes for me?

    Letter 331

  • During the trial in the Federal courthouse in DC, the TV trucks had permanent positions on the street, and marked spots for their stand-ups to gabble into their microphones.

    Pinch me. « Dating Jesus

  • She began to imagine a war of words, to see the Polish words and the English words coming at each other, stalking forward, not sentences, just words, gabble gabble gabble, flung out high and shrill and stalking forward and then grappling with each other.

    Touched by Evil

  • I thought perhaps she had cast some strange glamour upon you to make you gabble so stupidly.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Raúl Esparza, cast as a fey mathematician who tries to explain chaos theory to Hannah, makes the mistake of reducing his big speech to unintelligible gabble, while Mr. Crudup is too genial to be convincing as a waspishly malicious academic.

    When Good Enough Just Isn't Enough

  • A torrent of jokes and questions followed, an immediate understanding, a rich gabble of Russian, as if the languages of Western Europe had been flimsy formal cages in which they had been too long confined, or paltry substitutes for true human speech.

    Excerpt: Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

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