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Blab (noun)

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Blab. n.s. [from the verb.] A teltale; a thoughtless blabber; a treacherous betrayer of secrets.

The secret man heareth many confessions; for who will open himself to a blab, or blabbler? Bacon, Essay 6.

                            To have reveal'd
Secrets of man, the secrets of a friend,
Contempt and scorn of all, to be excluded
All friendship, and avoided as a blab.
Milton's Agonistes.

Whoever shews me a very inquisitive body, I'll shew him a blab, and one that shall make privacy as publick as a proclamation. L'Estrange.

I should have certainly gone about shewing my letters, under the charge of secrecy, to every blab of my acquaintance. Swift's Letters.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Blab (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 23, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18843.


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