blab

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blab divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
    • v blab speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blab One who blabs; a babbler; a telltale. "Avoided as a blab .""For who will open himself to a blab or a babbler."
    • v. i Blab To talk thoughtlessly or without discretion; to tattle; to tell tales. "She must burst or blab ."
    • v. t Blab blăb To utter or tell unnecessarily, or in a thoughtless manner; to publish (secrets or trifles) without reserve or discretion; -- sometimes used with out. "And yonder a vile physician blabbing The case of his patient."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blab To utter or tell in a thoughtless or unnecessary manner (what ought to be kept secret); let out (secrets).
    • blab To talk indiscreetly; tattle; tell tales.
    • n blab A babbler; a telltale; one who betrays secrets, or tells things which ought to be kept secret.
    • n blab A bubble; a blister; a swelling.
    • blab To swell out or up; make swollen, as the cheeks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Blab blab to talk much: to tell tales
    • v.t Blab to tell what ought to be kept secret (with out, forth):—pr.p. blab′bing; pa.p. blabbed
    • n Blab an open-mouthed person, a tattler: tattling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. blaberen, or Dan. blabbre, G. plappern, Gael. blabaran, a stammerer; prob. of imitative origin. Cf. also Blubber (v.)

Usage

In literature:

I shouldn't blab this all round the parish, if I was you.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
I blab about you to the King?
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
And now you know the truth, take care that you never blab out a word to anyone, or, by Heaven, it will be the worse for you!
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
Why," he added, finding that Adam didn't speak, "'twas through the letter I carr'ed from he that her'd got it to blab about.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Too much blabbing going on all the time.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
I'm afraid some one of them has blabbed and this Northrup is the result.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
And in each case, that flash occurred just before they started to blab everything they knew.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Or who'd be at all likely to blab out something that would ruin an old pal's reputation?
"Lion Loose" by James H. Schmitz
You know Chalmers just blabs everything to the Judge.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
I didn't mean to blab this way.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I shan't blab, and as for Leonora, that girl has a head on her shoulders.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
He speaketh her reprefe and villainy; As manis blabbing tongue is wont alway.
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
Besides, what's to prevent my wife from blabbing when we try to ship her?
"Mrs. Raffles" by John Kendrick Bangs
Or possibly Jane may have blabbed.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
But, in April 1608, Sprot has blabbed and is arrested.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
And strange it is, too, no one has ever blabbed.
"Arthur O'Leary" by Charles James Lever
Still, it is very probable you will blab about it to your mistress.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
He's probably got another girl out here, and he's afraid I'll blab about the white feather business.
"In the Whirl of the Rising" by Bertram Mitford
But Lord love ye, if I was never so `on' I wouldn't blab.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
What good could it do us to blab the secrets of other folk?
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
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In poetry:

Tis like a fancy everywhere
A sort of living doubt
We know tis something but it neer
Will blab the secret out
"The Landrail" by John Clare
So when thou hast, as I
Commanded thee, done blabbing—
Although to give the lie
Deserves no less than stabbing—
Stab at thee he that will,
No stab the soul can kill.
"The Lie" by Sir Walter Raleigh
You come along squirting words at us, shaking your fist
and calling us all damn fools so fierce the froth slobbers
over your lips. . . always blabbing we're all
going to hell straight off and you know all about it.
"To A Contemporary Bunkshooter" by Carl Sandburg
And boyish dreams some graybeards blab:
"To sea, my lads, we go no more
Who share the Acapulco prize;
We'll all night in, and bang the door;
Our ingots red shall yield us bliss:
Lads, golden years begin to-night with this!"
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville

In news:

Milaca has it all but don't go blab about it.
Alexa Dells Twitter account was shut down last week after she blabbed online.
Alexa Dells Twitter account was shut down last week after she blabbed online about her familys whereabouts.
Actors are continually blabbing about how to achieve "truth on the stage".
The cast of a local radio program focused on restaurants - yes, including myself - will blab on the art of food writing tonight at 7:30 pm at the Uptown Arts Bar at 3611 Broadway.
The problem is my wife thinks this story is highly entertaining and has blabbed to close friends and family.
I'd blab on here, but I'm going to let the video do the talking.
I've never been good at keeping secrets, tell me and I'll blab, that's just me.
Thinks a green potato chip she ate is poisonous and her Mom can't stop blabbing about it.
Mike Williams, co-host of the Blab TV program "Catchin' Fish ," tells IN he is starting a campaign to create a new fishing bridge in Pensacola Bay -- one that already exists.
What's worse than a news anchor blabbing on live TV that Santa isn 't real.
What's worse than a news anchor blabbing on live TV that Santa isn't real.
How many times have you wanted to do this to someone on their cell phone blabbing away SUPER Loud.
Daily News editor Geoff Dougherty blabs about journalism, the Daily News and assorted other subjects.
Let all your employees blab and blog.
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In science:

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Compilation of Weighted Finite-State Transducers from Decision Trees
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