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Definitions of babble

  1. flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise, as of water; " babbling brooks"
  2. gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
  3. divulge information or secrets; spill the beans; " Be careful-- his secretary talks"
  4. to talk foolishly; " The two women babbled and crooned at the baby"
  5. utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way; " The old man is only babbling-- don't pay attention"
  6. divulge confidential information or secrets; " Be careful-- his secretary talks"
  7. flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise; " babbling brooks"
  8. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.
  9. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
  10. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
  11. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
  12. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
  13. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
  14. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
  15. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
  16. To utter indistinct or imperfect sounds; to prattle; to talk childishly; to jabber; to murmur constantly.
  17. To utter indistinctly or imperfectly; to tell, as secrets; blab.
  18. Unmeaning or foolish talk; a confused murmur.
  19. To speak like a baby: to talk childishly: to tell secrets.
  20. To prate: to utter.
  21. Silly prattle.
  22. To talk childishly; prate.
  23. To utter unintelligibly; utter inarticulate sounds; tell thoughtlessly; murmur, as a stream; prattle.
  24. The rippling sound of a stream; prattle; gossip.
  25. Babbler.
  26. Idle talk; senseless prattle.
  27. To utter words imperfectly or indistinctly, as children; to utter sounds incessantly and indistinctly, as a brook; to talk idly or irrationally; to talk much; to tell secrets.
  28. To talk idly; to utter words imperfectly as children; to tell secrets.
  29. Senseless talk.
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Antonyms for babble

keep quiet, shut one's mouth, keep one's mouth shut.

Usage examples for babble

  1. Was not I struck by two vile slaves, who will babble through the city? – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  2. Ralph could hear only the confused babble of tongues and the expressions, " Now you hear, father-" " Now you understand-" " Listen to me, father-" as one after another took up the tale. – The Lilac Sunbonnet by S.R. Crockett
  3. There was a moment's silence and then, after prolonged applause, the audience began to babble – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  4. At first there was a confused babble of sounds. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  5. It rose over the throbbing of the orchestra and the clatter and clinking of silver and china and glass, and there was a mighty babble – The Turmoil A Novel by Booth Tarkington
  6. Why do people babble – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  7. He held his performances cheap after the vehement display; he was a happy listener, whether to the babble of his 'dear old Corelli, ' or to the majesty of the rattling heavens and swaying forests of Beethoven. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  8. Lee and the others mastered their surprise at the interruption, and then began to babble until Burrell turned from the gambler and threw up his arm for silence. –  by
  9. Huaracha, who had listened to all this babble with a stern set face, turned to Quilla and made a sign. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  10. The music of a waltz floated in to them over the babble of the kitchen, and he turned his head that way as if to listen. – The Biography of a Prairie Girl by Eleanor Gates
  11. For once the little old lady was stirred to genuine emotion as the babble of tongues surged over her. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  12. This observation completed the irritation of the monk, who began to babble in a sort of fury. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  13. Ye are too young and do but babble – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  14. Instantly Lilly was pacified, and she let him babble on. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  15. The silence was gloomy enough after that wonderful music, but the babble of tongues which presently arose was a hundred times worse. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  16. Let him babble out everything, they said to him. – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  17. As she comes from her kinsman, General Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor of Canada, she may be useful, being lately untethered from the convent and no more than seventeen or eighteen, and vain, no doubt, of her beauty, and so, I conclude, prone to babble if flattered. – The Reckoning by Robert W. Chambers
  18. What a contrast was there between this conversation and the sparkling, playful babble in which the young engaged pair had so recently indulged here, on the self- same spot! – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  19. There is no end to his babble his fault- finding, his whims and fancies. – The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  20. Argument seemed child's babble indeed under the smile of Night. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy

Rhymes for babble