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May 10, 2022

Gabble / verb/ gab·​ble/

We use the word “gabble” as both a transitive and intransitive verb in the English language. When used in its intransitive form, “gabble” means to “talk foolishly” or jabber on about what other people deem as nonsense. “Gabble’ can also relate to making strange unintelligible and animal-like sounds in its intransitive form. When used as a transitive verb, “gabble” more closely relates to the rapid and incoherent speech present when one begins to “babble” or blather on unintelligibly.

In a Sentence

The reunited lovers were up gabbling through the night about the events of their recent past.

She began to “gabble” during her speech when she realized she left her notes at home.

Don’t start gabbling! I won’t stand here and listen to that.


The word “gabble” has been around since the late 15th century, around 1577. We first see the word “gabble” used in its intransitive sense, meaning to talk foolishly or blather on about what others deem to be nothing.


Chatter, Run On


Quiet, Untalkative


  1. Leo Rettig

    Another good word!

  2. Clint Bowman

    You may wish to edit your text under the “Etymology” heading. The “Nth century” ends in the year N00. The years 1AD through 100AD were the first century.
    Therefore the year 1577 was in the 16th century–


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