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Definition of the noun blab

What does blab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: blabs

  1. One who blabs; a babbler; a telltale; a gossip or gossiper.

Definition of the verb blab

What does blab mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: blabbed, blabbing

  1. divulge confidential information or secrets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, relate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of blab: babble / babble out / blab out / let the cat out of the bag / peach / sing / spill the beans / talk / tattle
    • more generic terms: break / bring out / disclose / discover / divulge / expose / give away / let on / let out / reveal / uncover / unwrap = make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  2. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly

Alternative definition of the verb blab


  1. To tell tales; to gossip without reserve or discretion.


Blab a.k.a. BLAB! is a comics anthology edited by Monte Beauchamp. Though its primary focus is comics, it regularly features articles with non-comics illustration and graphic design. Early issues were published by Kitchen Sink Press. Issues #9–18 were published annually by Fantagraphics Books in a 120-page, 10" x 10" square format featuring both black-and-white and color art.

Phrases with blab

  1. blab out
  2. to blab

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for blab

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Google previewThe Multicultural Dictionary of Proverbs (2005)

Over 20,000 Adages from More Than 120 Languages, Nationalities and Ethnic Groups by Harold V. Cordry

is a blab is a scab. English 10886. In chatter a river, in understanding but a sin- . 158. Listening.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

BLAB, v. bldb Dan. blabbre, to babble: Ger. plappom, to speak confuse ly or thoughtlessly, to babble: Gael. blabaran. a stammerer: Dut. labben, to tell tales]: to tattle; to tall tales; to tell secrets in a thoughtless manner: N. a tell-tale; one who ...

Google previewThe Harvard Encyclopedia (1890)

A Dictionary of Language Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

BLAB, v. blab [Dan. blabhre, to babble: Ger. plappern, to speak confusedly or thoughtlessly, to babble: Gael. bla'iamn, a stammerer: Dut. labben, to tell tales]: to tattle; to tell tales; to tell secrets in a thoughtless manner: N. a tell-tale; one who ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

BLAB', v. & n. ~% Junius refers to babbling; Blab'bing, n. > in Dutch, blabberen. ' Per- Bi.ab'ber, v. J haps ...

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Usage statistics about blab

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Blab Meaning

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He that is a blab is a scab.
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Scrabble value of B3L1A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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