- vi. 喋喋不休；呀呀学语；作潺潺声
- vt. 含糊不清地说；泄露
- n. 含糊不清的话；胡言乱语；潺潺声
1. 区别：bubble, babble.
2. babble 是由拟声词根*ba-(模拟小孩咿哑学语言的声音)演变而来，由此两个词就区分开了。
3. bubble 也应该是拟声词，由*bo-(对应汉语为：啵，啵；就是模拟吹气泡发出的声音)拟声词根演变而来，然后元音降级（-o- => -u-）而得。
- babble (v.)
- mid-13c., babeln "to prattle, chatter," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cognates: Swedish babbla, Old French babillier) attested from the same era, some of which probably were borrowed from others, but etymologists cannot now determine which were original. Probably imitative of baby-talk, in any case (compare Latin babulus "babbler," Greek barbaros "non-Greek-speaking"). "No direct connexion with Babel can be traced; though association with that may have affected the senses" [OED]. Meaning "to repeat oneself incoherently, speak foolishly" is attested from c. 1400. Related: Babbled; babbler; babbling; babblement.
- babble (n.)
- "idle talk," c. 1500, from babble (v.). In 16c., commonly in reduplicated form bibble-babble.
- 1. They began to curse and shout in a babble of languages.
- 2. a babble of voices
- 3. The babble of voices in the next compartment annoyed all of us.
- 4. Kemp knocked loudly so as to be heard above the high babble of voices.
- 5. I heard, even over the babble of the crowd, a sharp, shocked intake of breath.
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