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1. Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing.
a. Highly technical or esoteric language.
b. Unnecessarily pretentious or vague language.
[Probably from gibber, to speak unintelligibly (of imitative origin) + -ish.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. gibberish (ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ) n 1. rapid chatter like that of monkeys
2. incomprehensible talk; nonsense
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 gib•ber•ish (ˈdʒɪb ər ɪʃ, ˈgɪb-)
1. meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing; nonsense.
2. talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.
[1545–55; appar. gibber + -ish1]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
abracadabra See MAGIC.
Dutch Unintelligible gibberish, meaningless talk or writing; also, double Dutch; often in the phrase it’s Dutch to me. The allusion is probably to the meaningless jumble of sounds any foreign language seems to those who do not understand it. High Dutch was apparently the oldest variant of this expression since it appeared in the earliest OED citation from 1789; however, Dutch and double Dutch are the only forms in use today. An illustration of the use of this term is found in Charles Had-don Spurgeon’s Sermons (1879):
The preacher preaches double Dutch or Greek, or something of the sort.
Greek Gibberish, unintelligible or meaningless language; usually in the phrase it’s Greek to me. The allusion is most likely to the unintelligible and senseless sound of any foreign language to those who do not understand it. The expression dates from about 1600; it is found in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:
But, for my own part, it was Greek to me. (I, ii)
mumbo jumbo Meaningless chanting and ritual; nonsensical or pretentious language. This expression evolved as an English rendering for the African deity Mama Dyumbo, whom the Mandingo tribes venerated with mystical rites incomprehensible to the European explorers. The expression is now frequently used to describe senseless or ostentatious language contrived to obscure a topic or befuddle the listener.
A mumbo jumbo of meaningless words and phrases. (Times, May, 1955)
ubble-gubble Nonsensical talk, drivel, prattle. This uncommon expression, perhaps derived as a rendering of inarticulate vocalizations, appeared in W. B. Johnson’s Widening Stain (1942).
Picturesque Expressions: A Thematic Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1980 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Noun 1. gibberish - unintelligible talkinggibberish - unintelligible talking gibber hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning abracadabra - gibberish and nonsense babble, babbling, lallation - gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby blather, blatherskite - foolish gibberish double Dutch - an incomprehensible talk double talk -