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babbler

noun

  1. (speaker)  an obnoxious, foolish, and loquacious talker
    Synonyms: chatterbox, chatterer, magpie, prater, spouter. Type of: speaker
  2. (oscine bird)  any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications, considered members of the family Muscicapidae
    Synonyms: cackler. Type of: oscine bird. Member of: Timalia

Etymology summary

babble + -er
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

babbler

a person who babbles | any of various insect-eating birds of the Old World tropics and subtropics that have a loud incessant song: family ... (23 of 267 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/babbler

Columbia Encyclopedia:

babbler

common name for some members of the large, diversified family Timaliidae, passerine birds found primarily in wooded areas of Asia, Africa, and ... (22 of 137 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0805608​.html

Wikipedia:

Babbler [disambiguation]

may refer to: Old World babbler, a large family of mostly Old World passerine birds | Australo-Papuan babbler, passerine birds endemic to Australia-New Guinea | The Babbler, the journal of BirdLife International in Indochina | The Babbler, the... (35 of 95 words, 5 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

babble | babbled [past tense] | babbling [present participle] | babbler [noun, related]

to make incoherent sounds, as a baby does; prattle | to talk foolishly or too much; blab | to make a low, bubbling sound, as a brook does when flowing ... (28 of 86 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/babble

Oxford Dictionary:

babbler

a thrush-like Old World songbird with a long tail, short rounded wings, and ... | a person who babbles (18 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/babbler

Wiktionary:

babbler | babblers [plural]

Someone who babbles. | Any of several passerine birds, of the families Timaliidae (found in Asia, Africa) and Pomatostomidae (found in Australia). | [outdated] A hound who is too noisy on finding a good scent. (33 of 38 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/babbler

American Heritage Dictionary:

babbler

One that babbles | A tape recording of numerous voices talking at the same time, used as an antibugging device to hinder or prevent eavesdropping. (24 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/babbler

Random House Dictionary:

babbler

a person or thing that babbles. | any of the birds of the family Timaliidae, many of which have a loud, babbling cry. (22 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

babbler | babblers [plural]

Origin: babble + -er

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/babbler

babble | babbled [past tense] | babbling [present participle] | babbles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English babelen, from Old English *bæblian, also wæflian ("to talk foolishly"), from Proto-Germanic *babalōną ("to chatter"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰa-bʰa-, *baba- ("to talk vaguely,... (24 of 55 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/babble

-er

Origin: Middle English -er, -ere, from Old English -ere (agent suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-ārijaz... | Middle English -er, -ere, from Old English -ware (suffix denoting residency or meaning "inhabitant... (27 of 191 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-er

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

babbler

Audio: British English pronunciation of "babbler"

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the Free Dictionary:

babbler

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "babbler"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "babbler"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "babbler" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

babbler | babblers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "babbler"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

babbler

Audio: North American pronunciation of "babbler"

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YourDictionary Audio:

babbler

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "babbler" by speech synthesizer

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