When you gabble, you talk so fast that you can barely be understood. A nervous public speaker might gabble for several minutes before she's able to get her point across.

If you're gossiping about a neighbor and suddenly realize he's standing behind you, you might gabble for a while from the sheer awkwardness of the situation. Your grandmother might declare that she doesn't understand the music you like, saying, "They don't sing — they just gabble!" Gabble is a noun, too, meaning the sound itself: "See? It's all just gabble!" Gabble has a Dutch root, gabbelen, which is imitative — it sounds just like what it means.

Definitions of gabble

v speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
to talk foolishly
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n rapid and indistinct speech

jabber, jabbering
Type of:
gibber, gibberish
unintelligible talking

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