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to utter sounds or words imperfectly, indistinctly, or without meaning.
to talk idly, irrationally, excessively, or foolishly; chatter or prattle.
to make a continuous, murmuring sound.
to utter in an incoherent, foolish, or meaningless fashion.
to reveal foolishly or thoughtlessly:
to babble a secret.
inarticulate or imperfect speech.
foolish, meaningless, or incoherent speech; prattle.
a murmuring sound or a confusion of sounds.
babbling (def 2).
Telecommunications. a confused mixture of extraneous sounds in a circuit, resulting from cross talk from other channels.
Compare cross talk (def 1).
Contemporary Examples

Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Washington Post, Salon, and babble.
You’re Pregnant, Have a Drink Kate Tuttle October 5, 2010

Taffy Brodesser-Akner has written for the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and babble, among other publications.
Who’s Killing the Soaps? Taffy Brodesser-Akner December 13, 2009

In fact, I described them this way myself when I wrote about infant memory two years ago for babble.
What Your Baby Remembers Heather Turgeon November 8, 2010

Historical Examples

Suddenly there was a confusion in the ladies’ gallery, cries, a babble of tongues.
The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill

Thence a babble of excited voices had reached him as he approached.
The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini

They have undone it and gone to pieces with an injured lover’s babble of persecuting inquiries for confessions.
The Tragic Comedians, Complete George Meredith

Her words, too, were incoherent, as incoherent as the babble of the children themselves.
The Twins of Suffering Creek Ridgwell Cullum

The point is that he babbles and is going to babble again, if he has another try at it.
Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse

Donegal listened; and there was no babble of voices, and the rest of the orchestra was silent.
Death of a Spaceman Walter M. Miller

There was a babble of welcome, a cross-fire of question and answer.
Regiment of Women Clemence Dane

to utter (words, sounds, etc) in an incoherent or indistinct jumble
(intransitive) to talk foolishly, incessantly, or irrelevantly
(transitive) to disclose (secrets, confidences, etc) carelessly or impulsively
(intransitive) (of streams, birds, etc) to make a low murmuring or bubbling sound
incoherent or foolish speech; chatter
a murmuring or bubbling sound

mid-13c., babeln “to prattle, chatter,” akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. Swedish babbla, Old French babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, in any case (cf. Latin babulus “babbler,” Greek barbaros “non-Greek-speaking”). “No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses” [OED]. Meaning “to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly” is attested from c.1400. Related: Babbled; babbling.

“idle talk,” c.1500, from babble (v.). In 16c., commonly in reduplicated form bibble-babble.


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