Crossword clues for blab
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blab \Blab\ (bl[a^]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blabbed (bl[a^]bd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Blabbing.] [Cf. OE. blaberen, or Dan.
blabbre, G. plappern, Gael. blabaran a stammerer; prob. of
imitative origin. Cf. also Blubber, v.]
To utter or tell unnecessarily, or in a thoughtless manner;
to publish (secrets or trifles) without reserve or
discretion; -- sometimes used with out.
And yonder a vile physician blabbing
The case of his patient.
Blab \Blab\, v. i. To talk thoughtlessly or without discretion; to tattle; to tell tales.
She must burst or blab.
Blab \Blab\, n. [OE. blabbe.]
One who blabs; a babbler; a telltale. ``Avoided as a blab.''
For who will open himself to a blab or a babbler.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., apparently from Middle English noun blabbe "one who does not control his tongue" (late 13c.), probably echoic. Related: Blabbed; blabbing. The exact relationship between the blabs and blabber is difficult to determine. The noun was "[e]xceedingly common in 16th and 17th c.; unusual in literature since c 1750" [OED].\n
n. One who blabs; a babbler; a telltale; a gossip or gossiper. vb. (context ambitransitive English) To tell tales; to gossip without reserve or discretion.
v. divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks" [syn: spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out] [ant: keep quiet]
Usage examples of "blab".
Gren was fanatical about secrecy, but from what Claret had said, Lambda Ral obviously blabbed far too much.
Missis Sawyer blabing to Beanys mother and she said she wood go in and see if Elly was in and when she come in Beany said mother jest see how many segars me and Plupy has made and he held up a lot that we made last week and she said you boys must have wirked a long time and Beany he said it takes a good deal of time to make so many and she went back looking prety pleased becaus she thougt Beany dident ring the old doorbell and she told old Missis Sawyer that we had been making sweet firn segars all the evening in the kitchin.
But when she is there this Methody fine lady queens it among poachers and black-fishers and tinklers who do her biddings and know fine that they would lose their tongues if they blabbed.
If Wip had lived long enough to blab about Shep Ficklin, either Bert or Emmart could have pumped him by using such a term.
Black Seli for getting drunk in a tavern and blabbing about the nearest barton.
Hoover would have her packed her off to Cluj before she could blab her part in the downfall of Public Enemy Number One.
Fearing that Kremp would be the first to blab, the big-shot had kept tally on him.
She would tell it to Freddy if the kid were not so utterly idiotic and likely to blab everything she knew out of sheer childish irresponsibility.
I promise you none of them will blab, so long as we are discreet for the next few days.
Or he might be seized in the harbor if someone blabbed and strung up as a mutineer before he could get this green horror off his chin.
If she starts blabbing about who I am, things might get a little hairy.
Water ran in a continuous blabbing somewhere deep in the cavern, and this platform that gave onto the valley smelled of fire and burned corn.
Greer was the only one who didn’t cash the buyout check—maybe he was holding out for more money, or maybe he was ready to blab to the authorities.
Obviously the Rebel woman had corrupted Quaid, and she could have blabbed the secret far and wide.
He remarked lazily to Mitzie, “So this is the clown you blabbed tonight’s plans to.