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gib·ber·ish

 (jĭb′ər-ĭsh)
n.
1. Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing.
2.
a. Highly technical or esoteric language.
b. Unnecessarily pretentious or vague language.

[Probably from gibber + -ish.]

gibberish

(ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ)
n
1. rapid chatter like that of monkeys
2. incomprehensible talk; nonsense

gib•ber•ish

(ˈdʒɪb ər ɪʃ, ˈgɪb-)

n.
1. meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing; nonsense.
2. talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.
[1545–55; appar. gibber + -ish1]

Gibberish

 

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).

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gibberish - unintelligible talkinggibberish - unintelligible talking    
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 - deliberately unintelligible gibberish
gabble, jabber, jabbering - rapid and indistinct speech
mumbo jumbo - language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion

gibberish

noun nonsense, balls (taboo slang), bull (slang), shit (taboo slang), crap (slang), garbage (informal), jargon, bullshit (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), babble, pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), guff (slang), prattle, mumbo jumbo, moonshine, jabber, gabble, gobbledegook (informal), hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), blather, double talk, piffle (informal), all Greek (informal), poppycock (informal), balderdash, bosh (informal), yammer (informal), eyewash (informal), tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) When he did speak to her, he spoke gibberish.

gibberish

noun
2. Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or language:
3. Esoteric, formulaic, and often incomprehensible speech relating to the occult:
Translations
بَرْبَرَه، رَطانَه
безсмислициглупости
plácání
nonsensvolapyk
hepreasiansaksa
ג'יבריש
badarságérthetetlen beszédzagyvaság
òvaîur, bull
ちんぷんかんぷん
난센스
bełkotjazgot
nonsens
anlamsız sözlersaçma

gibberish

[ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ] Ngalimatías m inv, guirigay m

gibberish

[ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ] ncharabia m
to talk gibberish → bredouiller

gibberish

nQuatsch m (inf); (= foreign language, baby’s gibberish)Kauderwelsch nt

gibberish

[ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ] nparole fpl senza senso

gibber

(ˈdʒibə) verb
to make meaningless noises. He was gibbering with fear.
ˈgibberish (-riʃ) noun
nonsense. His explanations are just gibberish to me.
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