gibberish

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Etymology[edit]

ca. 16th century. Either an onomatopeia, imitating to the sound of chatter, probably influenced by jabber, or derived from the root of the Irish gob (the mouth).[1]

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Noun[edit]

gibberish (usually uncountable, plural gibberishes)

  1. speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless
    • Hawthorne
      Such gibberish as children may be heard amusing themselves with.
  2. needlessly obscure or overly technical language

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Adjective[edit]

gibberish (comparative more gibberish, superlative most gibberish)

  1. unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackay, Charles A Glossary of Obscure Words and Phrases in the Writings of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, pp. 183-184, S. Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1887