burble

To burble is to move with a rippling flow, the way water bubbles down the side of a small garden waterfall.

A stream burbles as it travels along its bed, bubbling over rocks and branches. The verb burble captures both the movement of the water and the sound it makes as it moves. You could also say that a brook or stream or river babbles or ripples or even trickles. The word burble was first used in the 1300's, and it probably comes from an imitation of the sound a rippling, bubbling brook makes.

Definitions of burble
1

v flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

Synonyms:
babble, bubble, guggle, gurgle, ripple
gurgle
make sounds similar to gurgling water
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.