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Babble (verb)

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To Ba'bble. v.n. [babbeln, Germ. babiller, Fr.]

  1. To prattle like a child; to prate imperfectly.

    My babbling praises I repeat no more,
    But hear, rejoice, stand silent, and adore.
    Prior.

  2. To talk idly, or irrationally.

    John had conned over a catalogue of hard words; these he used to babble indifferently in all companies. Arbuthn. J. Bull.

                    Let the silent sanctuary show,
    What from the babbling schools we may not know.
    Prior.

  3. To talk thoughtlessly; to tell secrets.

    There is more danger in a reserved and silent friend, than in a noisy babbling enemy. L'Estrange.

  4. To talk much.

            The babbling echo mocks the hounds,
    Replying shrilly to the well tun'd horns,
    As if a double hunt were heard at once.
    Shakesp. Tit. Andr.

    And had I pow'r to give that knowledge birth,
    In all the speeches of the babbling earth.
    Prior.

    The babbling echo had descry'd his face;
    She, who in others words her silence breaks.
    Addison's Ovid.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Arbuthnot, John (227) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16)

Attributes: French (385) · German (30) · Verb Neuter (131)

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