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From Proto-Indo-European *balb-, *balbal- (tongue-tied). Cognate with Ancient Greek βαμβαίνω (bambaínō), βαμβαλύζδω (bambalúzdō, I chatter with the teeth), Russian болтать (boltatʹ, to chatter, babble), Lithuanian balbė́ti (to talk, babble), Sanskrit बल्बला (balbalā, stammering). See also bālō, blatiō, blaterō.



balbus (feminine balba, neuter balbum); first/second declension

  1. stammering, stuttering
  2. lisping
  3. fumbling


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative balbus balba balbum balbī balbae balba
genitive balbī balbae balbī balbōrum balbārum balbōrum
dative balbō balbō balbīs
accusative balbum balbam balbum balbōs balbās balba
ablative balbō balbā balbō balbīs
vocative balbe balba balbum balbī balbae balba

Derived terms[edit]



  • balbus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • balbus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “balbus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • balbus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • balbus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • balbus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray