babble vs blether what difference

what is difference between babble and blether



From Middle English babelen, from Old English *bæblian, also wæflian (to talk foolishly), from Proto-Germanic *babalōną (to chatter), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰa-bʰa-, perhaps a reduplication of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (to say), or a variant of Proto-Indo-European *baba- (to talk vaguely, mumble), or a merger of the two, possibly ultimately onomatopoetic/mimicry of infantile sounds. Cognate with Old Frisian babbelje (to babble), Old Norse babbla (to babble) (Swedish babbla), Middle Low German babbelen (to babble), Dutch babbelen (to babble, chat), German pappeln and babbeln (to babble).


  • IPA(key): /ˈbæb.l̩/
  • Rhymes: -æbəl


babble (third-person singular simple present babbles, present participle babbling, simple past and past participle babbled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter words indistinctly or unintelligibly; to utter inarticulate sounds
  2. (intransitive) To talk incoherently; to utter meaningless words.
  3. (intransitive) To talk too much; to chatter; to prattle.
  4. (intransitive) To make a continuous murmuring noise, like shallow water running over stones.
    • 1815, William Wordsworth, Extracts from Descriptive Sketches
      In every babbling brook he finds a friend.
  5. (transitive) To utter in an indistinct or incoherent way; to repeat words or sounds in a childish way without understanding.
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull
      These [words] he used to babble indifferently in all companies.
  6. (transitive) To reveal; to give away (a secret).



babble (usually uncountable, plural babbles)

  1. Idle talk; senseless prattle
    Synonyms: gabble, twaddle
    • 1634, John Milton, Comus, a Mask, line 823:
      This is mere moral babble.
  2. Inarticulate speech; constant or confused murmur.
    • 1871, Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
      The babble of our young children.
  3. A sound like that of water gently flowing around obstructions.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Mariana
      The babble of the stream.


  • See also Thesaurus:chatter



See also

  • babblement
  • babblery


  • babble in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.




  1. inflection of babbeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative



blether (countable and uncountable, plural blethers)

  1. (especially Northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) Alternative spelling of blather


blether (third-person singular simple present blethers, present participle blethering, simple past and past participle blethered)

  1. (especially Northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) Alternative spelling of blather


  • Helbert, herblet



blether (third-person singular present blethers, present participle bletherin, past blethert, past participle blethert)

  1. to blather

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