gibberish

noun

gib·​ber·​ish ˈji-brish How to pronounce gibberish (audio) ˈji-bə-rish How to pronounce gibberish (audio)
ˈgi-
: 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's work is buried in polysyllabic gibberish.

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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Word History

Etymology

probably from gibber

First Known Use

circa 1554, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gibberish was circa 1554

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“Gibberish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibberish. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

gibberish

noun
gib·​ber·​ish ˈjib-(ə-)rish How to pronounce gibberish (audio) ˈgib- How to pronounce gibberish (audio)
: confused meaningless talk

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