gib·​ber·​ish | \ ˈji-b(ə-)rish How to pronounce gibberish (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gibberish (audio) \

Definition of gibberish

: unintelligible or meaningless language:
a : a technical or esoteric (see esoteric sense 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.

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Examples of gibberish in a Sentence

She was talking gibberish in her sleep. was so excited he could only talk gibberish

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Welcome to the world of blockchain, the latest technological revolution to those in-the-know — and what seems like the latest get-rich-quick gibberish to the average person. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Demystifying the Blockchain," 27 June 2018 There’s a dexterous, gibberish-spouting clown on hand (Andrey Kislitsin) who has a funny extended gag fussing with washing machines on the fritz. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta,’ acro-bicyclists soar and an aerialist hovers in the air by her hair," 18 Sep. 2018 In the clip, Kromsby fills in as the Cosby Show family’s new dad, but with a lot more gibberish. Nick Vadala,, "Comedian edits 'The Cosby Show' to star big, green alien," 1 May 2018 In contrast to his past practice of offering gibberish as banter between songs, Matthews spoke directly and with sincerity on the topic of children being separated from parents arrested on charges of unauthorized entry to the United States. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Four ways Dave Matthews Band played a youthful 39th show at Ruoff amphitheater," 7 July 2018 As threats from hackers and online thieves grow apace, more companies are seeking refuge in encryption—the science of turning messages and data into gibberish for anyone who doesn’t have a key. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Why Don’t Companies Just Encrypt All Their Data? It Isn’t So Simple," 29 May 2018 That’s the joy of the decades-old, absurdly comprehensive fansite @U2, or the podcast U Talkin’ U2 To Me, in which Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman alternate between arguing about U2 and spouting gibberish. Scott Meslow, GQ, "How to Become a U2 Fan," 11 May 2018 That doesn’t mean these schools should get away with teaching gibberish. Lauren Ritchie,, "Florida must stop paying $1 billion a year to 'educate' children in fringe religious nonsense," 9 June 2018 Dolores finds her way to her father, Peter Abernathy (Louis Herthum), who is still bolted to a chair and muttering gibberish. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 7: Decoding Da Vinci," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of gibberish

circa 1554, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gibberish

probably from gibber

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English Language Learners Definition of gibberish

: foolish, confused, or meaningless words


gib·​ber·​ish | \ ˈji-bə-rish How to pronounce gibberish (audio) \

Kids Definition of gibberish

: confused meaningless talk

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