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  • IPA(key): /??æb.?(?)/
  • Rhymes: -æb?(?)

Etymology 1

gab +? -er


gabber (plural gabbers)

  1. (obsolete) A liar; a deceiver.
  2. One who is addicted to idle talk.

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Dutch gabber.

Alternative forms

  • gabba


gabber (countable and uncountable, plural gabbers)

  1. (uncountable, music) A subgenre of hardcore techno characterised by an intense, distorted kick sound and controversial lyrics or samples.
  2. (countable) A gabber music lover, usually dressed in a tracksuit, often with a complete shaved head or partially for women, seen primarily in the 1990s.



Borrowed from Yiddish ????? (khaver, friend), from Hebrew ?????? (khavér, friend).


  • IPA(key): /???.b?r/
  • Hyphenation: gab?ber
  • Rhymes: -?b?r


gabber m (plural gabbers, diminutive gabbertje n)

  1. a guy
  2. a friend; a pal
  3. (music) gabber (hardcore subgenre)
  4. A fan of gabber music, a gabber

Derived terms

  • gabberen


  • ? English: gabber

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  • IPA(key): /?d?æb?(?)/
  • Rhymes: -æb?(?)

Etymology 1



jabber (third-person singular simple present jabbers, present participle jabbering, simple past and past participle jabbered)

  1. (intransitive) To talk rapidly, indistinctly, or unintelligibly; to utter gibberish or nonsense.
    • 1829, James Hogg, The Shepherd’s Calendar, New York: A.T. Goodrich, Volume I, Chapter 9, “Mary Burnet,” p. 184,[1]
      Allanson made some sound in his throat, as if attempting to speak, but his tongue refused its office, and he only jabbered.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 19,[2]
      “What are you jabbering about, shipmate?” said I.
  2. (transitive) To utter rapidly or indistinctly; to gabble.
    • 1939, H. G. Wells, The Holy Terror, Book One, Chapter 1, Section 2,[3]
      He wept very little, but when he wept he howled aloud, and jabbered wild abuse, threats and recriminations through the wet torrent of his howling.


jabber (uncountable)

  1. Rapid or incoherent talk, with indistinct utterance; gibberish.
    • 1735, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, in The Works of Jonathan Swift, edited by George Faulkner, Dublin, 1735, Volume 3, A Letter from Capt. Gulliver to his Cousin Sympson, pp. v-vi,[4]
      And, is there less Probability in my Account of the Houyhnhnms or Yahoos, when it is manifest as to the latter, there are so many Thousands even in this City, who only differ from their Brother Brutes in Houyhnhnmland, because they use a Sort of a Jabber, and do not go naked.
    • 1918, Carl Sandburg, “Jabberers” in Cornhuskers, New York: Henry Holt & Co., p. 68,[5]
      Two tongues from the depths,
      Alike only as a yellow cat and a green parrot are alike,
      Fling their staccato tantalizations
      Into a wildcat jabber
      Over a gossamer web of unanswerables.
Derived terms
  • jabberment (obsolete)

Etymology 2

jab +? -er


jabber (plural jabbers)

  1. One who or that which jabs.
  2. A kind of hand-operated corn planter.
    • 1999, Nicholas P. Hardeman, Across the Bloody Chasm
      The jabber was the most popular hand-operated corn planter ever devised. [] Inset shows jaws closed for jabbing (left) and open for depositing kernels (right).

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