OK, don’t tell us off. We know this is two words hyphenated together. We thought that it would be a good word of the day though and decided to discuss the definition of jibber-jabber here.
Jibber-jabber is the speech that is either nonsensical or very hard to understand, and spoken in a quick manner. This is similar to the expression ‘rabbiting on’ or ‘babbling’. You may say that children often speak jibber-jabber or that it is spoken by those who talk very quickly about a topic that they do not fully understand.
Jibber-jabber can be used as a noun or a verb.
As a noun (a name of something), jibber-jabber is the name of the language that is difficult to understand that is is spoken quickly. Some sources may refer to jobber-jabber as being a foolish language.
As a verb (a doing word), jibber-jabber is to talk quickly whilst not making a great deal of sense.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines the word jabber as ‘to speak or say something quickly in a way that is difficult to understand‘.
In this dictionary definition, jabber is a verb.
We hope that this post has helped you understand the meaning of jibber-jabber.
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