intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to make a gurgling or bubbling sound
- to babble as a child does
Origin of burbleMiddle English burbelen, to bubble; of echoic origin, originally
- A gurgling or bubbling sound, as of running water.
- A rapid, excited flow of speech.
- A separation in the boundary layer of fluid about a moving streamlined body, such as the wing of an airplane, causing a breakdown in the smooth flow of fluid and resulting in turbulence.
intransitive verbbur·bled, bur·bling, bur·bles
- To bubble; gurgle.
- To speak quickly and excitedly; gush.
Origin of burbleMiddle English burblen to bubble
(third-person singular simple present burbles, present participle burbling, simple past and past participle burbled)
- To bubble; to gurgle.
- To babble; to speak in an excited rush.
- She burbled on, as if I cared to listen.
From Middle English burblen (to bubble).