Simple Definition of mumbo jumbo
: 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
We were confused by all the legal mumbo jumbo.
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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