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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.]
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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]
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mumbo jumbo - language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking
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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.
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mumbo jumbo

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

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

[ˌmʌmbəʊˈdʒʌmbəʊ] nbaragouin m, charabia m
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mumbo jumbo

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

[ˌmʌmbəʊˈdʒʌmbəʊ] n (pej) → sfilza di paroloni
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