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GABBER, v., n. Also gaiber. [′gɑbər, ′gebər]

I. v. To jabber, to gibber, to talk incoherently (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 99); “to speak thickly or indistinctly” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., gaiber). Also in Eng. (mainly Yks.) dial. Mry. 1887 A. G. Wilken Peter Laing 14:
Weel, fan he was livin' at Dallas, twa strong chiels cam up to his hoose, an' gabberin' some Gaelic, ordered him to gie them his new brogues.

II. n. Jabber, gibberish. Sc. 1925 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 336:
Then says he, “I can understaun' English or Scotch, But dang me! if a can mak' oot a hotch-potch; So dinna spew gabber like that in ma face.”

[Prob. onomat. (cf. Eng. jabber, gibber, gabble, and Du. gabberen), but phs. an intensive form of Gab, n.1, v.]

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