gibberish

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English[edit]

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]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪb.ə.ɹɪʃ/

Noun[edit]

gibberish (usually uncountable, plural gibberishes)

  1. Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.
  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