- 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[intransitive] to make the sound of water flowing over rocks, like a stream a babbling brook See related entries: Rivers and lakes 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.
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