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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Travel insurance policies are written in gibberish. Washington Post, "Read the fine print before you travel," 3 July 2019 Last week, a video of a dad DJ Pryor having an animated conversation with this 19-month-old son—who can only speak in baby gibberish—got more than 57 million views on Facebook, and landed Pryor on Good Morning America. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Praise of Dadfluencers," 16 June 2019 The computers were able to whip through hundreds of pages in minutes, but the result was gibberish. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "With Most States Under One Party’s Control, America Grows More Divided," 11 June 2019 The baby continues to ask his dad questions in gibberish and use his hands to convey his thoughts. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Dad's 'Chat' With Infant Son Goes Viral," 7 June 2019 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

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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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