transitive verbgabbed, gab′bing
Origin of gabMiddle English gabben, to lie, scoff, talk nonsense from Old Norse gabba, to mock (& from Old French gaber from ON), akin to Old English gaffetung, a scoffing and gaf-spræc, foolish speech from Indo-European an unverified form ?hebh- from base an unverified form gh?- from source gap, gape, gasp
gift of (the) gab
intransitive verbgabbed, gab·bing, gabs
Origin of gabMiddle English gabben to scoff, speak foolishly from Old Norse gabba to scoff perhaps of imitative origin or akin to gapa to gape
(third-person singular simple present gabs, present participle gabbing, simple past and past participle gabbed)
From Middle English gabben, from Old English gabban (“to scoff, mock, delude, jest”) and Old Norse gabba (“to mock, make sport of”); both from Proto-Germanic *gabbaną (“to mock, jest”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghabh- (“to be split, be forked, gape”). Cognate with Scots gab (“to mock, prate”), North Frisian gabben (“to jest, sport”), Middle Dutch gabben (“to mock”), Middle Low German gabben (“to jest, have fun”).