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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a pair of jabbering parrots
▪ And while they were up there in the wide, blue yonder, they jabbered non-stop to each other over the radio.
▪ Mundin is jabbering away about the gun he got to hold.
▪ Normally, Mickeen would detain you as long as he could, jabbering away about this, that and the other.
▪ Terry jabbered with her brethren, asking for jobs.
▪ That's something we expect will greatly reduce the number of actual candidates from all those currently jabbering about it.
▪ They were designed to unnerve you, to make you start jabbering indiscreetly.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Jabber \Jab"ber\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jabbered; p. pr. & vb. n. Jabbering.] [Cf. Gibber, Gabble.] To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense; to chatter.


Jabber \Jab"ber\, v. t. To utter rapidly or indistinctly; to gabble; as, to jabber French.


Jabber \Jab"ber\, n. Rapid or incoherent talk, with indistinct utterance; gibberish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, spelling variant of Middle English jablen (c.1400), also javeren, jaberen, probably ultimately echoic. Related: Jabbered; jabbering. The noun is 1727, from the verb.


n. Rapid or incoherent talk, with indistinct utterance; gibberish. vb. 1 (label en intransitive) To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense. 2 (label en transitive) To utter rapidly or indistinctly; to gabble.

  1. n. rapid and indistinct speech [syn: jabbering, gabble]

  2. v. talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner [syn: rant, mouth off, spout, rabbit on, rave]


Jabber may refer to:

  • The original name of the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), the open technology for instant messaging and presence.
  •, the public, free instant messaging and presence service based on XMPP.
  • Jabber XCP, a commercial product which is an implementation of XMPP. Acquired by Cisco Systems in 2008.
  • Transmission of network packets in excess of the network's maximum transmission unit

Usage examples of "jabber".

Along the way Quisp jabbered ceaselessly, giving them an abridged story of his life.

The crusty Sperren jabbered aimlessly about supposed civilians who disguised themselves as Green Riders and foolishly risked their lives to deliver unimportant messages to the king.

Nevertheless, people seemed to think it rather curious that a man who did not know a word of French should be living in Paris, and that in spite of his ignorance he continued to jabber away in an easy manner, though nobody could understand what he was talking about.

Manning returned all six of the Mollies and Hunding were jabbering away uncontrollably.

The moment a blossom of light appeared from the jabbers she let off two shots.

Even if he could bypass the ferals and the jabbers, and avoid Sarah and Con, would the elders take him in?

Welkin steeled himself to charge the jabbers who were now lobbing arrows at them from a thicket eighty yards away.

Harry stood then and fired point-blank at the circling jabbers whose slivers of metal ornaments shone in the morning mist.

They had slashed two jabbers within moments of closing with their ranks.

Nor did it surprise Sarah to learn that he had taken up residence in an old monastery the jabbers called the Stockade.

The jabbers would no doubt have a spare key, but it should hold them for a bit.

You have not only the honor of being my steward, but the privilege of being the worst, most incompetent, drivelling snivelling jibbering jabbering idiot of a steward in France.

Green retreats to behind one of the trees as beefy flannel forms with leis shedding petals, their speech grunty-foreign and unmistakably Canadian, a couple with ukuleles, spill out like ants over the sagging porch and into the yard, mill and jabber, a couple kneel by the form of the former dog.

The leporine alien spat harsh bunny noises at the human, then glanced past him and jabbered at Rail, who replied in something other than English.

An office on wheels, closed wagons for supplies, what seems a parlour, one at least that is blood-fouled, a rolling abattoir, and beyond that a very tall and windowed wagon painted with pinchbeck gilt, slathered with symbols of the gods and Jabber.