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English noun: babble

1. babble (communication) gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby

Synonymsbabbling, lallation

Broader (hypernym)gibber, gibberish

English verb: babble

1. babble (communication) utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way

SamplesThe old man is only babbling--don't pay attention.

ExamplesSam and Sue babble

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. babble (communication) to talk foolishly

SamplesThe two women babbled and crooned at the baby.

ExamplesSam and Sue babble

Synonymsblather, blether, blither, smatter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle

3. babble (perception) flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

SamplesBabbling brooks.

Synonymsbubble, burble, guggle, gurgle, ripple

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Verb groupgurgle

4. babble (communication) divulge confidential information or secrets

SamplesBe careful--his secretary talks.

Synonymsbabble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

Verb groupspill, talk

Antonymskeep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth

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