jabberwocky

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Jabberwocky, a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒæbɚˌwɔki/, /ˈd͡ʒæbɚˌwɔki/, /ˈdʒæbɚˌwɑki/, [ˈd͡ʒæbɚˌwɑki]
  • Rhymes: -ɒki

Noun[edit]

jabberwocky (usually uncountable, plural jabberwockies)

  1. invented or meaningless language; nonsense

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Adjective[edit]

jabberwocky (comparative more jabberwocky, superlative most jabberwocky)

  1. meaningless, worthless
  2. absurd, nonsense, nonsensical
    • 2009 August 28, The New York Times, “Pop and Rock Listings”, New York Times:
      Only the Pet Shop Boys can sing jabberwocky lines like “I thought I heard a train/Down in the cemetery/Cellophane” and make them sound sexy and evil.

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