mumbo jumbo


mum·bo jum·bo

noun \ˌməm-bō-ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō\

: confusing or meaningless words or activity

Full Definition of MUMBO JUMBO

1
:  an object of superstitious homage and fear
2
a :  a complicated often ritualistic observance with elaborate trappings
b :  complicated activity or language usually intended to obscure and confuse
3
:  unnecessarily involved and incomprehensible language :  gibberish
4
:  language, behavior, or beliefs based on superstition

Examples of MUMBO JUMBO

  1. We were confused by all the legal mumbo jumbo.
  2. His explanation was just a lot of mumbo jumbo.

Origin of MUMBO JUMBO

Mumbo Jumbo, a masked figure among Mandingo peoples of western Africa
First Known Use: 1738

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