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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Babble  \Bab"ble\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  utter  in  an  indistinct  or  incoherent  way  to  repeat,  as 
  words  in  a  childish  way  without  understanding. 
 
  These  [words]  he  used  to  babble  in  all  companies. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  2.  To  disclose  by  too  free  talk,  as  a  secret. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Babble  \Bab"ble\,  n. 
  1.  Idle  talk;  senseless  prattle;  gabble;  twaddle.  ``This  is 
  mere  moral  babble.''  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Inarticulate  speech;  constant  or  confused  murmur. 
 
  The  babble  of  our  young  children.  --Darwin. 
 
  The  babble  of  the  stream.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Babble  \Bab"ble\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Babbled}  (?);p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Babbling}.]  [Cf.LG.  babbeln  D.  babbelen  G.  bappeln 
  bappern  F.  babiller  It  babbolare  prob.  orig.,  to  keep 
  saying  ba  imitative  of  a  child  learning  to  talk.] 
  1.  To  utter  words  indistinctly  or  unintelligibly;  to  utter 
  inarticulate  sounds;  as  a  child  babbles. 
 
  2.  To  talk  incoherently;  to  utter  unmeaning  words 
 
  3.  To  talk  much  to  chatter;  to  prate. 
 
  4.  To  make  a  continuous  murmuring  noise,  as  shallow  water 
  running  over  stones. 
 
  In  every  babbling  he  finds  a  friend.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  Note:  Hounds  are  said  to  babble,  or  to  be  babbling,  when  they 
  are  too  noisy  after  having  found  a  good  scent. 
 
  Syn:  To  prate;  prattle;  chatter;  gossip. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  babble 
  n  :  gibberish  resembling  the  sounds  of  a  baby  [syn:  {babbling}] 
  v  1:  utter  meaningless  sounds,  like  a  baby,  or  utter  in  an 
  incoherent  way  "The  old  man  is  only  babbling--don't  pay 
  attention" 
  2:  to  talk  foolishly;  "The  two  women  babbled  and  crooned  at 
  the  baby"  [syn:  {blather},  {smatter},  {blether},  {blither}] 
  3:  make  a  babbling,  gurgling  sound,  as  of  water;  "babbling 
  brooks"  [syn:  {ripple},  {guggle},  {burble},  {bubble},  {gurgle}] 
  4:  divulge  information  or  secrets;  spill  the  beans;  "Be 
  careful--his  secretary  talks"  [syn:  {tattle},  {talk},  {blab}, 
  {peach},  {sing},  {babble  out},  {blab  out}] 




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