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Thence a babble of excited voices had reached him as he approached.

Her words, too, were incoherent, as incoherent as the babble of the children themselves.

Donegal listened; and there was no babble of voices, and the rest of the orchestra was silent.

For a time Renouard, silent, as if he had not heard a word of all that babble, did not stir.

There was a babble of voices from the loudspeaker, punctuated by bursts of static.

It must be awfully trying, though, not to be able to babble when you're pleased.

They followed their aunt to the waiting cars, where a babble of greetings met them.

What mattered it to me now, this babble of dumps and dust, of claims and clean-ups?

Endicott turned away as the crowd broke into a babble of voices.

There were other sounds as well; the babble of alien voices and the rumble of drums.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., babeln "to prattle, chatter," akin to other Western European words for stammering and prattling (cf. 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 (cf. 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; babbling.

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