Definitions of babble

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

Usage examples for babble

  1. Ye are too young and do but babble. – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Was not I struck by two vile slaves, who will babble through the city? – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  5. There was a moment's silence and then, after prolonged applause, the audience began to babble. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  6. Let him babble out everything, they said to him. – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  7. 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
  8. Instantly Lilly was pacified, and she let him babble on. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  9. At first there was a confused babble of sounds. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. Why do people babble? – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  16. Argument seemed child's babble indeed under the smile of Night. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy
  17. 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
  18. 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