gibberish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪb.ə.ɹɪʃ/

Noun[edit]

gibberish (usually uncountable, plural gibberishes)

  1. Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.
    • (Can we date this quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      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. ^ Charles Mackay (1887) A Glossary of Obscure Words and Phrases in the Writings of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries[1], S. Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, pages 183-184