gibberish

noun gib·ber·ish \ ˈji-b(ə-)rish , ˈgi- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of gibberish

:unintelligible or meaningless language:
a :a technical or esoteric (see esoteric 1) language
  • The doctors spoke to one another in their medical gibberish that I was unable to follow.
b :pretentious or needlessly obscure language
  • The substance of the philosopher'swork is buried in polysyllabic gibberish.

Examples of gibberish in a Sentence

  1. She was talking gibberish in her sleep.

  2. was so excited he could only talk gibberish

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Origin and Etymology of gibberish

probably from gibber


GIBBERISH Defined for English Language Learners

gibberish

noun

Definition of gibberish for English Language Learners

  • : foolish, confused, or meaningless words


GIBBERISH Defined for Kids

gibberish

noun gib·ber·ish \ ˈji-bə-rish \

Definition of gibberish for Students

:confused meaningless talk


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