bibble

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bibben (whence bib; see there fore more) +‎ -le.

Verb[edit]

bibble (third-person singular simple present bibbles, present participle bibbling, simple past and past participle bibbled)

  1. To eat and/or drink noisily.
  2. (intransitive) To tipple.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Yiddish

Verb[edit]

bibble (third-person singular simple present bibbles, present participle bibbling, simple past and past participle bibbled)

  1. (colloquial) To worry.
    • 1919, Herbert Quick, The Fairview Idea: A Story of the New Rural Life, page 39:
      "Foxes have holes,' Uncle Abner," said Daisy, " 'and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man hath not where to lay his head.' Why should we worry when we have such a bully place as this tent?" "Ish ka bibble," said the Reverend Frank. "Well," said I, "about the time the mosquitoes begin to come out of the marsh, you'll begin to bibble."

Etymology 3[edit]

Corruption of the aboriginal name "Bimbil" for certain species of Eucalyptus

Noun[edit]

bibble (plural bibble)

  1. A species of Australian tree, the "Glossy-leaved box" or "Shiny-leaved box", Eucalyptus tereticornis.
    • 1909, J. H. Maiden, A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus:
      "Bibble Box," " Broad-leaf Box," or " Peppermint Box." Useful for fencing purposes, &c. Strong and durable. Habitat, open forests and low flats. Plentiful in some localities. Flowering period varies.