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babbling


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  babbling 
  adj  1:  talking  idly  or  incoherently;  "blithering  (or  blathering) 
  idiot";  "jabbering  children";  "gabbling  housewives"; 
  "a  babbling  hospital  inmate"  [syn:  {blathering},  {blithering}, 
  {jabbering},  {gabbling}] 
  2:  continuous  low  murmuring  sound;  as  especially  of  water:  "a 
  babbling  brook" 
  3:  making  speech  sounds;  "a  babbling  baby" 
  n  :  gibberish  resembling  the  sounds  of  a  baby  [syn:  {babble}] 




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