Definition of babble :
1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle.
2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
3. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water running over stones.
5. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
6. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
7. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
8. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.
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speak (part of speech: verb)
unmeaningness (part of speech: noun)
- It was eight years since he had last seen her tall, sad, silent form- silent, except when she thought herself alone, and used to whisper and babble as she looked with a wild and careworn gaze over the sea, toward the mighty mountains that built it round, line over line, till swell and peak are lost in misty distance. - "The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3", Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
- But in our reproductions of Shakespeare, though the number of scenes is reduced, it can scarcely ever be reduced to that extent; so that several times during an Act, and many times during the play, we are withdrawn perforce from the dramatic atmosphere into that of everyday life, solitary impatience or ennui, distracting conversation, third- rate music, or, occasionally, good music half- drowned in a babble of voices. - "Oxford Lectures on Poetry", Andrew Cecil Bradley.
- A sullen threatening note had crept into the babble of the crew, and suddenly one or two voices were raised to demand insistently that Asad should put to sea at once and remove his vessel from a neighbourhood become so dangerous. - "The Sea-Hawk", Raphael Sabatini.