babbling idiot

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babbling idiot

A person who talks excessively without making sense or saying anything of importance, sarcastically and derogatorily likened to someone with a mental deficiency. Maurice just rattled on and on like a babbling idiot last night about his schemes to get rich. I must have sounded like a babbling idiot from the way I talked about the new house.
See also: idiot
References in classic literature ?
He was plunging into a beautiful dreamland when his ears caught a whisper, thin and sharp, above the monotonous babble round the fire.
I might get brain fever in a German hospital and begin to babble.
I feel - oh, I can't describe it - I feel the bigness of it, but when I speak, I babble like a little child.
cried Dorothy, as the copper man continued to babble these unmeaning words, which no one could understand at all because they had no sense.
From above came an unceasing babble of tongues, over all of which rang the mother's derisive laughter.
Looking back down the pool-strewn road, he saw the two excited philosophers waving their hands and shouting at each other, but their babble soon became a mere drone in the distance, and a turn in the road hid them from his sight.
But it is ever the way of John Barleycorn to loosen the tongue and babble the secret thought.
With the dignity of an elder, he rose to his feet, and waited for silence amid the babble of voices.
I stammered out some few halting words of congratulation, and then sat downcast, with my head drooped, deaf to the babble of our new acquaintance.
A violent babble of uncouth sounds burst out on the other side of the planks.
cries the squire: "if thee dost begin to babble, I shall whip thee in presently.
McIntyre always spent the winters that had the double front room with private bath, you managed to babble that you wanted something still cheaper.
There he babbles endlessly, and no more has strength at all, such as once he had in his supple limbs.
A study in 2014 showed that infants whose parents babble with them learn language faster.
Listen to the babble of The only thing likely to go viral is this week's blood-letting in the boardroom.