To Ba'bble. v.n. [babbeln, Germ. babiller, Fr.]
- To prattle like a child; to prate imperfectly.
My babbling praises I repeat no more,
But hear, rejoice, stand silent, and adore. Prior.
- 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.
- To talk thoughtlessly; to tell secrets.
There is more danger in a reserved and silent friend, than in a noisy babbling enemy. L'Estrange.
- 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.