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mum·bo jum·bo

or mum·bo-jum·bo (mŭm′bō-jŭm′bō)
n. pl. mum·bo jum·bos or mum·bo-jum·bos
1. Unintelligible or incomprehensible language; gibberish.
2. Language or ritualistic activity intended to confuse.
3. A complicated or obscure ritual.
4. An object believed to have supernatural powers; a fetish.

[From Mumbo-Jumbo, masked dancer described in 18th-century European accounts of the Mandinka, probably from Mandinka maamajomboo, masked dancer with prophetic powers : maama, term of address for a masked dancer + jomboo, ceremony of opening or first use.]

mumbo jumbo

(ˈmʌmbəʊ)
n, pl mumbo jumbos
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) foolish religious reverence, ritual, or incantation
2. (Linguistics) meaningless or unnecessarily complicated language
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) an object of superstitious awe or reverence
[C18: probably from Mandingo mama dyumbo, name of a tribal god]

mum•bo jum•bo

(ˈmʌm boʊ ˈdʒʌm boʊ)

n., pl. mumbo jum•bos.
1. meaningless incantation or ritual.
2. senseless or pretentious language, usu. designed to obscure or confuse.
3. an object of superstitious awe or reverence.
[1738; first used in reference to a masked figure among the Malinke of West Africa]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mumbo jumbo - language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking

mumbo jumbo

noun
1. gibberish, nonsense, jargon, humbug, cant, Greek (informal), claptrap (informal), gobbledegook (informal), rigmarole, double talk It's all full of psychoanalytic mumbo jumbo.
2. superstition, magic, ritual, hocus-pocus He dabbled in all sorts of mumbo jumbo.

mumbo jumbo

noun
1. Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or language:
2. Esoteric, formulaic, and often incomprehensible speech relating to the occult:
Translations
Geschwurbel

mumbo jumbo

[ˈmʌmbəʊˈdʒʌmbəʊ] N (= nonsense) → galimatías m inv

mumbo jumbo

[ˌmʌmbəʊˈdʒʌmbəʊ] nbaragouin m, charabia m

mumbo jumbo

n (= empty ritual, superstition)Hokuspokus m; (= gibberish)Kauderwelsch nt; (= idol)Abgott m

mumbo jumbo

[ˌmʌmbəʊˈdʒʌmbəʊ] n (pej) → sfilza di paroloni
References in classic literature ?
The natives died of starvation by the million, while their rulers robbed them of the fruits of their toil and expended it on magnificent pageants and mumbo-jumbo fooleries.
The medical mumbo-jumbo leaves the layman confused and athletics cheapened.
When asked for his opening remarks, Fury said: "All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that - basically, let me tell you straight how it is.
It's just mumbo-jumbo TREVOR Woolley (Letters, March 10) makes some valid points in his criticism of the two spokespersons for Calderdale and Kirklees.
It was a perfect example of the mumbo-jumbo management speak which seemingly now infests every walk of Scottish public life.
Stating that he was never fond of the coaching 'mumbo-jumbo', Botham sarcastically said that if running a cricket team was as simple as speaking mumbo-jumbo then David Brent would be the coach of England, referring to a character in the TV show 'The Office'.
I have to say the mumbo-jumbo they wrote has not convinced me one ounce that we should stay in this corrupt club.
Friends and relatives of his victim asked the authorities not to do it, but still they went ahead, with the top official who oversaw the state execution using religious mumbo-jumbo to justify it, claiming the deceased "is now being held accountable to a higher power".
Peter'' you have to believe in this mumbo-jumbo for it to mean anything.
I wondered what those letters meant, too, and since you asked, well, I didn't want to say that I didn't know, so I made up some high- falutin' mumbo-jumbo.
And there was a lot of financial mumbo-jumbo spoken (toxic assets was a favourite phrase).
Some of the text is mumbo-jumbo, with quite a lot of stuff about 'codfish'