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Dictionary Definition

blab

Verb

1 divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks" [syn: spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out] [ant: keep quiet]
2 speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly [syn: chatter, piffle, palaver, prate, tittle-tattle, twaddle, clack, maunder, prattle, gibber, tattle, blabber, gabble] [also: blabbing, blabbed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

blabben, to talk foolishly, back-formation from blaberen.

Pronunciation

  • /blæb/
  • Rhymes with: -æb

Verb

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

Noun

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

Extensive Definition

BLAB! is a comics anthology edited by Monte Beauchamp. Though its primary focus is comics, it regularly features non-comics illustration and graphic design work as well as some prose articles. Early issues were published by Kitchen Sink Press. Since issue 9 it has been published annually by Fantagraphics Books in a 120-page, 10" x 10" square format in a mixture of full color and black-and-white.
In 2003 Chronicle Books published the book collection New & Used BLAB!. As the title suggests, one half of the book consists of selections from previous issues while the other half (bound dos-à-dos style) features new works by frequent contributors.
Several solo books by individual BLAB! contributors have been published with the subtitle "A BLAB! Storybook."

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agreeable rattle, babble, babblement, babbler, bavardage, be indiscreet, be unguarded, bear witness against, betray, betray a confidence, betrayer, bibble-babble, big talker, blabber, blabberer, blabbermouth, blah-blah, blather, blatherer, blether, blethers, blow the whistle, blurt, blurt out, broadcast, cackle, caquet, caqueterie, chat, chatter, chatterbox, chatterer, chitter-chatter, clack, clatter, delator, disclose, dither, divulge, expose, fink, gab, gabber, gabble, gabbler, gas, gasbag, gibber, gibble-gabble, gibble-gabbler, give away, go on, gossip, great talker, guff, gush, haver, hot air, hot-air artist, idle chatterer, idle talk, inform, inform against, inform on, informer, jabber, jabberer, jaw, jay, leak, let drop, let fall, let slip, magpie, mere talk, moulin a paroles, narc, natter, noise about, nonsense talk, palaver, patter, patterer, peach, peacher, pour forth, prate, prater, prating, prattle, prattler, prittle-prattle, ramble on, rat, rattle, rattle on, reel off, reveal, reveal a secret, rumor, run on, sell out, sing, snitch, snitch on, snitcher, spill, spill the beans, spout, spout off, spy, squeal, squealer, stool, stool pigeon, stoolie, talebearer, talk, talk away, talk nonsense, talk on, talkee-talkee, tattle, tattle on, tattler, tattletale, tell on, tell secrets, tell tales, telltale, testify against, tittle-tattle, turn informer, twaddle, twattle, waffle, whistle-blower, windbag, windjammer, word-slinger, yak, yakkety-yak
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