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Gabble (noun)

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Gábble. n.s. [from the verb.]

  1. Inarticulate noise like that of brute animals.

    Not to know what we speak one to another, so we seem to know, is to know straight our purpose: chough's language, gabble enough, and good enough. Shak. All's well that ends well.

  2. Loud talk without meaning.

    Forthwith a hideous gabble rises loud
    Among the builders; each to other calls,
    Not understood.
    Milton's Paradise Lost, b. xii.

Sources: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Milton, John (449)

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