v. gab·bled, gab·bling, gab·bles
1. To speak rapidly or incoherently; jabber.
2. To make rapid, low muttering or quacking sounds, as a goose or duck.
To utter rapidly or incoherently.
1. Rapid, incoherent, or meaningless speech.
2. The low muttering sound of a goose or duck.
[Probably frequentative of GAB.]
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