gibber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gibber chatter inarticulately; of monkeys
    • v gibber speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
    • n gibber unintelligible talking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gibber jĭb"bẽr A balky horse.
    • v. i gibber gĭb"bẽr To speak rapidly and inarticulately.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gibber To speak inarticulately; speak incoherently or senselessly.
    • n gibber One who guts or eviscerates fish.
    • n gibber In botany, a pouch-like enlargement of the base of a calyx, corolla, etc.; a gibbosity.
    • n gibber A big stone or boulder; an overhanging rock.
    • n gibber A balky horse; a jibber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gibber to speak senselessly or inarticulately
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to jabber, and gabble,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Gabble.

Usage

In literature:

Calhoun felt all the physical symptoms of fear and of gibbering terror.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Drury rolled and panted and gibbered, cursed even, with lips more used to gentle words and prayers.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Two guards were bringing a gibbering, screeching, struggling Moon man with them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Bill Jones was no longer screaming and gibbering, but was stiff with the rigidity of stone.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
She had expected that some demon within him would spring out and gibber.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
They were all screaming and gibbering at Dick.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
There is something in the notion, for it was a risky trip, And a spectre is a nuisance when he gibbers on board ship.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 1, 1890" by Various
You cannot gaze into this glass at night, But all your race will gibber at your back!
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
His hands shook, and his words gibbered from his trembling lips.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It was the gibbering fear of those who make property of privilege, and privilege of property, afraid of losing both.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
And Rua folded his arms, and scorn discovered his teeth; Above the war-crowd gibbered, and Rua stood smiling beneath.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
As he jerked back from the altar, sweeping a paralyzed Naida with him, the ape-men let out gibbering howls, half-human.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
It is very depressing to suffer from gibber that cannot be brought to a head.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I wish I'd never heard of 'em, the little gibbering idiots!
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
Down swung the gibbering Gunga, his Oomgar-nugga's bow across his shoulder.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
She danced and flickered and gibbered at him.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
He was gibbering in the Stygian tongue, though in a dialect unfamiliar to her.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
Never a word they said, never a sound from the mouths that seemed to gibber.
"International Short Stories" by Various
Of what value was the life of a raving, gibbering maniac to himself or the world in general?
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
They retreated helter-skelter, but only to skip forward again, mowing and gibbering.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

I am weary, and fain
Would forget all these dead: but the gibbering host
Make my struggle in vain,
In each shadowy corner there lurketh a ghost.
"Ghosts" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And they met betimes with this maiden,
And the promise it spake and lied,
And the doubt it gibbered and hugged itself,
And the rainy day-- she died.
"From The Headboard Of A Grave In Paraguay" by James Whitcomb Riley
The very echoes round this shore,
Have caught a strange and gibbering tone,
For they have told the war-whoop o'er,
Till the wild chorus is their own.
"Lake Superior" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
"And when you've learned to squeak, my man,
And caught the double sob,
You're pretty much where you began:
Just try and gibber if you can!
That's something LIKE a job!
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
"Shakspeare I think it is who treats
Of Ghosts, in days of old,
Who 'gibbered in the Roman streets,'
Dressed, if you recollect, in sheets -
They must have found it cold.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
So rounds thy day, from maiden morn to haunted night,
From larks and sunlit dreams to owl and gibbering ghost;
A catacomb of dark, a maze of living light,
To the wide sea of air a green and welcome coast.
"Tree-Worship" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Geoffrey Rush's Antic, Gibbering, Flailing ' Madman .
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