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Word Example of - babble

    Example Sentences for babble

    Suddenly there was a confusion in the ladies' gallery, cries, a babble of tongues.

    Summon to your aid your reason, and cease to babble of trifles.

    They have undone it and gone to pieces with an injured lover's babble of persecuting inquiries for confessions.

    Thence a babble of excited voices had reached him as he approached.

    The point is that he babbles and is going to babble again, if he has another try at it.

    Her words, too, were incoherent, as incoherent as the babble of the children themselves.

    There was a babble of welcome, a cross-fire of question and answer.

    Donegal listened; and there was no babble of voices, and the rest of the orchestra was silent.

    Indeed, this "old man's babble" was soothing to Lily; his gentle voice brought peace to her troubled heart.

    Endicott turned away as the crowd broke into a babble of voices.

Word Origin & History of - babble

    Word Origin & History

    babble early 13c., babeln "to prattle," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. Swedish babbla, O.Fr. babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, in any case (cf. L. babulus "babbler," Gk. barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses" [OED]. Meaning "to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly" is attested from early 15c.

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