babble vs smatter what difference

what is difference between babble and smatter

English

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

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

Verb

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).

Translations

Noun

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.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:chatter

Hyponyms

Translations

See also

  • babblement
  • babblery

References

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

German

Verb

babble

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


English

Etymology

From Middle English smatteren, smateren. Compare Swedish smattra, Danish and Norwegian smadre (all of which mean to patter), German schmettern (to resound).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.tə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsmæ.təɹ/, [ˈsmæ.ɾɚ]
  • Rhymes: -ætə(r)

Verb

smatter (third-person singular simple present smatters, present participle smattering, simple past and past participle smattered)

  1. (intransitive) To talk superficially; to babble, chatter.
    • 1533, John Heywood, A Mery Play Betwene the Pardoner and the Frere, London: Wyllyam Rastell,[1]
      What standest thou there all the day smatterynge
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene 5,[2]
      And why, my lady wisdom? hold your tongue,
      Good prudence; smatter with your gossips, go.
    • 1733, Jonathan Swift “On Poetry” in The Poetical Works of Jonathan Swift, London: William Pickering, 1833, Volume 2, pp. 63-64,[3]
      For poets, law makes no provision;
      The wealthy have you in derision:
      Of state affairs you cannot smatter;
      Are awkward when you try to flatter;
  2. (transitive) To speak (a language) with spotty or superficial knowledge.
    • 1891, Robert Louis Stevenson, In the South Seas, New York: Scribner, 1896, Chapter 2, p. 9,[4]
      The languages of Polynesia are easy to smatter, though hard to speak with elegance.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To study or approach superficially; to dabble in.
  4. To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.

Derived terms

  • smatterer
  • smattering

Translations

Noun

smatter (plural smatters)

  1. A smattering (small number or amount).
    a smatter of applause
  2. A smattering (superficial knowledge).

Anagrams

  • Matters, matters

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