Adjective "gabbling" definition and examples

(Gabbling may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Talk rapidly and unintelligibly.
  1. '‘Now it's hugely more exciting than the days of cardboard,’ he gabbled.'
  2. 'The only way to memorise a book is to say it out loud to yourself, and this I did, gabbling away as children do, my real purpose concealed because nobody ever listens to what a child has to say.'
  3. 'We spent many early evenings down at the swimming pool, paddling when the water was not deep enough for total immersion, listening to the baboons shrieking and gabbling from a nearby hill.'
  4. '‘I love Christmas and not just because it makes me money,’ he gabbles.'
  5. 'The fact that we stopped gabbling for 15 minutes says it all, and in the intervening week I've been tempted to hop in my car and drive for an hour and a half just to check that my tastebuds weren't deceiving me.'
  6. 'For the truth of things, and the profit thereof, are found rather among a few folk who are wise and reasonable than among the multitude, where every man cries and gabbles as he likes.'
  7. '‘Hello, Ty,’ she says, the bucket gently sloshing, the solid air rent by the blast of the speakers, the crowd gabbling, her unflinching eyes locked on mine.'
  8. 'They started gabbling in some foreign eastern European tongue and shot me intermittent daggers from their steely blue eyes.'
  9. 'Around them bustles Ceicao, an ancient village woman, who cackles and gabbles as she throws sticks and pokes the ashes of the fire, raising cinders like showers of fireworks.'
  10. 'One evening, during dinner, a boy ran into our kitchen, gabbling breathlessly that a tiger had entered the cowshed and killed a goat.'


Rapid unintelligible talk.
  1. 'It doesn't turn anthropology or the story of human evolution on its head, a piece of science-correspondent gabble I think I heard during my goggle-eyed, gobsmacked, yelping look at yesterday evening's TV news.'
  2. 'Their excited gabble came so fast I was swamped, unable to follow them.'
  3. 'Hens and roosters, showing off their gilded feathers, gabble under my window,'
  4. 'The cubs who knew me were effusive in their greetings, their claws catching at my clothing as they closed around me, a gabble of voices.'
  5. 'It was an absolute bullet-like, repetitive gabble.'
  6. 'I've learned his gabble is usually honey talk but occasionally it can be coercion.'
  7. 'If he's on the tube we can just mute the gabble and marvel at his wonderful face instead.'
  8. 'Every single person in the auditorium broke into a confused gabble.'

More definitions

1. to speak or converse rapidly and unintelligibly; jabber.

2. (of hens, geese, etc.) to cackle. verb (used with object), gabbled, gabbling.

3. to utter rapidly and unintelligibly. noun

4. rapid, unintelligible talk.

5. any quick succession of meaningless sounds.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gabbling."

"gargoyles can be gabbling."

"aves can be gabbling."


(gabble)Late 16th century: from Dutch gabbelen, of imitative origin.