1. [syn: babble, babbling, lallation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Babble \Bab"ble\ (b[a^]b"b'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Babbled
(b[a^]b"b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Babbling.] [Cf. LG. babbeln,
D. babbelen, G. bappeln, bappern, F. babiller, It. babbolare;
prob. orig., to keep saying ba, imitative of a child learning
1. To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter
inarticulate sounds; as a child babbles.
2. To talk incoherently; to utter unmeaning words.
3. To talk much; to chatter; to prate.
4. To make a continuous murmuring noise, as shallow water
running over stones.
In every babbling brook he finds a friend.
Note: Hounds are said to babble, or to be babbling, when they
are too noisy after having found a good scent.
Syn: To prate; prattle; chatter; gossip.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby [syn: babble,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "babbling":
arrested, backward, blithering, bubbling, burbling, crackbrained,
cracked, crazy, cretinistic, cretinous, delirious, dithering,
dizzy, driveling, drooling, giddy, guggling, gurgling, half-baked,
half-witted, idiotic, imbecile, imbecilic, incoherent, lapping,
lightheaded, maundering, mentally defective, mentally deficient,
mentally handicapped, mentally retarded, mongoloid, moronic,
not all there, off, plashing, rambling, ranting, raving, retarded,
rippling, simple, simpleminded, simpletonian, slobbering, sloshing,
splashing, subnormal, swishing, trilling, wandering