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.

(Bab"ble), n.

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.

(Bab"bler) n.

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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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