galimatias

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French galimatias.

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ˌɡæləˈmeɪʃi.əs/, /-ˈmæti.əs/

Noun[edit]

galimatias (uncountable)

  1. nonsense, gobbledygook
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:nonsense
    • 1888, Henry James, chapter 5, in The Reverberator, Macmillan and Co.:
      [] and the old lady listened in silence, solemnly, rather coldly, as if she thought such talk a good deal of a galimatias: she belonged to the old-fashioned school and held that a young lady was sufficiently catalogued when it was said that she had a dazzling complexion or the finest eyes in the world.
  2. confused mixture; hodgepodge
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hodgepodge

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin unknown. There are very many very different hypotheses, which indicates there is very little information available.[1] The French dictionary TLFi cites sources that reject most of these hypotheses,[2] including the only one in the Spanish dictionary of the Spanish Real Academia, which presents this as if it were not just one of many conjectures: "From Ancient Greek κατά Ματθαῖον (katá Matthaîon, according to Matthew), in reference to the way he describes the genealogy at the beginning of his Gospel."[3]

The currently most common expert opinion is that it came from the low Latin ballematia "obscene song".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡa.li.ma.tjɑ/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

galimatias m (plural galimatias)

  1. nonsense, gobbledygook, galimatias
    • 1897, Émile Laurent, “Les verbes nouveaux”, in La Poésie décadente devant la science psychiatrique:
      Voilà qui est déjà bien obscur. Les vers suivants sont absolument incompréhensibles. C’est du pur galimatias.
      This is already very obscure. The following lines are absolutely incomprehensible. They are pure gibberish.

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Wide Words
  2. ^ galimatias” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
  3. ^ galimatías” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French galimatias.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡa.liˈmat.jas/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ga‧li‧mat‧ias
  • Rhymes: -atjas

Noun[edit]

galimatias m inan

  1. (colloquial) mishmash, hotchpotch
    Synonym: miszmasz

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • galimatias in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • galimatias in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French galimatias.

Noun[edit]

galimatias m (plural galimatias)

  1. galimatias; gobbledygook (meaningless speech)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French galimatias.

Noun[edit]

galimatias n (uncountable)

  1. galimatias

Declension[edit]