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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]


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪb.ə.ɹɪʃ/
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gibberish (usually uncountable, plural gibberishes)

  1. Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.
    • Such gibberish as children may be heard amusing themselves with.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[2]:
      Could it be, after all, that the whole story was true, and the writing on the sherd was not a forgery, or the invention of some crack-brained, long-forgotten individual? And if so, could it be that Leo was the man that She was waiting for - the dead man who was to be born again! Impossible! The whole thing was gibberish! Who ever heard of a man being born again?
  2. Needlessly obscure or overly technical language.
  3. A language game, comparable to pig Latin, in which one inserts a nonsense syllable before the first vowel in each syllable of a word.



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gibberish (comparative more gibberish, superlative most gibberish)

  1. unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless


  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