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mumbo jumbo

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noun mum·bo jum·bo \ˌməm-bō-ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō\

Simple Definition of mumbo jumbo

  • : confusing or meaningless words or activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mumbo jumbo

  1. 1 :  an object of superstitious homage and fear

  2. 2 a :  a complicated often ritualistic observance with elaborate trappings b :  complicated activity or language usually intended to obscure and confuse

  3. 3 :  unnecessarily involved and incomprehensible language :  gibberish

  4. 4 :  language, behavior, or beliefs based on superstition

Examples of mumbo jumbo in a sentence

  1. We were confused by all the legal mumbo jumbo.

  2. His explanation was just a lot of mumbo jumbo.



Origin and Etymology of mumbo jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo, a masked figure among Mandingo peoples of western Africa


First Known Use: 1738


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