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Definition of babble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    babble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbæbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they babble
    BrE BrE//ˈbæbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæbl//
     
    he / she / it babbles
    BrE BrE//ˈbæblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæblz//
     
    past simple babbled
    BrE BrE//ˈbæbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæbld//
     
    past participle babbled
    BrE BrE//ˈbæbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæbld//
     
    -ing form babbling
    BrE BrE//ˈbæblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæblɪŋ//
     
    Rivers and lakes
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] babble (away/on) (something) to talk quickly in a way that is difficult to understand They were all babbling away in a foreign language. I realized I was babbling like an idiot.
  2. 2[intransitive] to make the sound of water flowing over rocks, like a stream a babbling brook See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Middle Low German babbelen, or an independent English formation, as a frequentative based on the repeated syllable ba, typical of a child's early speech.
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