In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(of voice, voices)a cry rang out above the babble of voices — se oyó un grito por encima del murmullo de voces
- her answer came out in a confused babble — balbució una confusa respuesta
- the baby's babble — el balbuceo del bebé
- There was a moment of silence from the others, then a babble that sounded like a catfight in a blender, some directing questions and demands at me in a torrent I couldn't follow.
- This was what the crowd had come for and every time Caucau received the ball after that there was a babble of anticipation.
- Sitting outside the bar there is a light babble of a foreign tongue trilling off the tongues of groups of people enjoying leisurely drinks.
- I banged the book shut and silenced the babble of my inner teachers.
- Then a babble of talk and tension-relieving laughter breaks out.
- If children have minds like sponges that can absorb other languages effortlessly, my own grey matter seems to be more of a clam, clamped shut and deaf to the multilingual babble around me.
- This is the babble of many tongues as they are simultaneously translated in the glass towers in the stone city.
- Instead, American viewers will have to strain to make out whole words from the constant babble of wild sound and West Indian accents.
- In the background he could hear the voices of the passengers asking the same question in a babble of noise.
- I'm picking these sounds out from the babble of the past, a raucous market fair of a landscape that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
- I was enthusing to an old friend about this vibrant new Edinburgh I'd found - the packed cafe terraces, the babble of foreign tongues, the cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- The gorgeous changing colors of the high-tech map were accompanied by sound: the babble of many meteorologists overlaid by the powerful roar of wind and waves.
- When I went down to visit her we spoke in the babble that sounded to other people like a language.
- There was a rising babble of ‘ews’, and other sounds of sympathy and disgust.
- This mimics the tone of real speech but sounds like the incomprehensible babble of those claymation shows on the ABC in the 1980s.
- After a dozen dizzying turns past stalls crammed with fruit, meat, shoes and screws, Zuniga hears a sharp animal screech above the babble of buying and selling.
- Just the babble of the 24-hour television newscasters.
- Fay ably expresses the feelings of many as they try to decipher the babble of words coming from the religious sector following the tsunami.
- From an uncertain corner in another part of the pub, there was a babble of bedlam.
- If you set a tape recorder running at a noisy party you would most likely hear something resembling a confused babble.
- The sounds coming from the workshops combine with the babble of the stream to create an authentic atmosphere of the settlement of old.
- In plants, a babble of water and small molecules flows through the plasmodesmata between cells.
- From up stream came the babble of the brook like dainty laughter.
- The catacombs, and the lovingly tended graves within, have embalmed the lives and loves of centuries past in a deathly stillness, broken only by the babble of a passing brook.
- In the silence of the grove, she heard the pleasant babble of the stream, except that it was no longer a quiet sloshing.
- The pervasive pink petals of the cherry blossom trees flutter to the ground like the soft powder of a mountain peak, while the babble of the bubbling brook pervades the air.
- In fact, I don't think he even heard me, although he was barely 20 yards away and there was no other sound but the babble of the beck.
- Today however, the high pitched beep beep of a truck in reverse, unloading lumber for a new house, could be heard over the babble of the stream.
2(of water)susurro masculine literarymurmullo masculine literary
1(talk foolishly)parlotear informalhe babbled on — siguió parloteando informal
2(talk unintelligibly)farfullar(baby) balbuceara babbling brook — un arroyo rumoroso literary
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