Syn. To prate; prattle; chatter; gossip.
(Bab"ble), v. t.
1. To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat, as words, in a childish way without understanding.
These [words] he used to babble in all companies.
2. To disclose by too free talk, as a secret.
1. Idle talk; senseless prattle; gabble; twaddle. "This is mere moral babble." Milton.
2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
The babble of our young children.
The babble of the stream.
(Bab"ble*ment) n. Babble. Hawthorne.
1. An idle talker; an irrational prater; a teller of secrets.
Great babblers, or talkers, are not fit for trust.
2. A hound too noisy on finding a good scent.
3. (Zoöl.) A name given to any one of a family (Timalinæ) of thrushlike birds, having a chattering note.
(Bab"ble*ry) n. Babble. [Obs.] Sir T. More.
(Babe) n. [Cf. Ir. bab, baban, W. baban, maban.]
1. An infant; a young child of either sex; a baby.
2. A doll for children. Spenser.
(Babe"hood) n. Babyhood. [R.] Udall.
(Ba"bel) n. [Heb. Babel, the name of the capital of Babylonia; in Genesis associated with the
idea of "confusion."]
1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel.
Gen. xi. 9.
2. Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages.
That babel of strange heathen languages.
The grinding babel of the street. R. L. Stevenson.
(Bab"er*y) n. [Perh. orig. for baboonery. Cf. Baboon, and also Babe.] Finery of a kind to
please a child. [Obs.] "Painted babery." Sir P. Sidney.