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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gab
The hook on the end of an eccentric rod opposite the strap. See. Illust. of Eccentric.

Etymology: Cf. Gaff

noun Gab
The mouth; hence, idle prate; chatter; unmeaning talk; loquaciousness.

Etymology: OE. gabbe gabble, mocking, fr. Icel. gabb mocking, mockery, or OF. gab gabe; perh. akin to E. gape, or gob. Cf. Gab (v. i.) Gibber

verb Gab
  1. To deceive; to lie.(Obs)
  2. To talk idly; to prate; to chatter.

Etymology: OE. gabben to jest, lie, mock, deceive, fr. Icel. gabba to mock, or OF. gaber. See 2d Gab, and cf. Gabble

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Light informal conversation for social occasions
  2. Talk profusely

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”).

  1. Idle chatter.
  2. The mouth or gob.
  3. One of the open-forked ends of rods controlling reversing in early steam engines.

gab was also found in the following language(s): Amanab, Danish, German, and Old French

Notable Persons Named Gab

Gab Chee Kee is a rock music, hard rock, and soft rock musician. He plays Guitar, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1993. Gab was given the name Gabriel Ignatius J. Chee Kee on July 30th, 1976 in Manila.


Gab Valenciano is an actor, musician, dancer, model, choreographer, drummer, and percussionist. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Gab was given the name Jose Angelo Gabriel P. Valenciano on June 11th, 1988 in Manila, Philippines. Gab is also known as Gab, Gavriel, and Super Selfie.


Gab Cody is a filmmaker. She has been prominent since 2004. Gab was born Gab Cody on July 23rd, 1971 in Juneau, Alaska.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gab

The Quiett is a hip hop music rapping, composer, lyricist, and record producer. His ongoing career started in 2003. The was given the name Shin Dong Gab on January 29th, 1985.


Gift of Gab is an alternative hip hop rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Gift was given the name Timothy Parker in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States.


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Popularity of Gab as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gab U.S.
  White 89.02% 64.26%
  African American 3.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gab

People with the last name Gab are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gab

  • How Popular is the name Gab? As a last name Gab was the 103,655th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Gab first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Gab is Wednesday, July 1st, 1896.
  • How unique is the name Gab? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Gab. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Gab: Your name in reverse order is Bag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Agb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gab? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 173 people with the last name Gab.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gab? Gab is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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