blabber

blabber (v.) mid-14c., "to speak as an infant speaks," frequentative of blabben, of echoic origin (Cf. O.N. blabbra, Dan. blabbre "babble," Ger. plappern "to babble"). Meaning "to talk excessively" is from late 14c. Related: Blabbered; blabbering.

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  • Blabber — Blab ber, n. one who blabr; a tattler; a telltale. Syn: blabbermouth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blabber — [blab′ər] vt., vi. 〚ME blabberen, freq. of blabben, like ON blabbra, echoic〛 [Informal or Dial.] to blab or babble n. 〚/span> BLAB + ER〛 a person who blabs * * * blab·ber ( …   Universalium

  • blabber — index jargon (unintelligible language) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • blabber — informal ► VERB ▪ talk indiscreetly or excessively. ► NOUN 1) a person who blabbers. 2) indiscreet or excessive talk …   English terms dictionary

  • blabber — [blab′ər] vt., vi. [ME blabberen, freq. of blabben, like ON blabbra, echoic] [Informal or Dial.] to blab or babble n. [< BLAB + ER] a person who blabs …   English World dictionary

  • Blabber — This unusual and intriguing name is of early medieval English origin, and is one of a large group of early surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of a nickname. In this instance the nickname was given to someone thought to be… …   Surnames reference

  • blabber — UK [ˈblæbə(r)] / US [ˈblæbər] verb [intransitive] Word forms blabber : present tense I/you/we/they blabber he/she/it blabbers present participle blabbering past tense blabbered past participle blabbered informal to talk too much, especially about …   English dictionary

  • blabber — I blab, blabber (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. babble, chatter; tattle, gossip. See loquacity, disclosure. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. prattle, jabber, drivel; see nonsense 1 . v. Syn. chatter, prattle, gabble; see babble . III (Roget …   English dictionary for students

  • blabber — blab|ber [ˈblæbə US ər] v [i]informal to talk in a silly or annoying way for a long time blabber on ▪ I wish she d stop blabbering on about her boyfriends …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blabber — I. verb (blabbered; blabbering) Etymology: Middle English blaberen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to talk foolishly or excessively transitive verb to say indiscreetly II. noun Date: circa 1913 idle talk …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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