gibberish

noun
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'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
Recent Examples on the Web The animated comedy, a spinoff from the Despicable Me franchise, stars a gaggle of banana-yellow, gibberish-spouting rascals who assist an antihero — known for his steeple hand gestures — in his mischievous plans. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Humans aren’t meant to write automatic-content gibberish. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 These references, and the relentless assault of ‘70s needle drops, are fun, to a point, but the movie itself is 87 minutes of pure chaos, a hallucinatory, cacophonous fever dream of nonsensical subplots and Minion gibberish. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 With that, the beautiful bird jumped off the low branch and walked off into an alder patch, tired of my gibberish. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 As McCartney strums and murmurs gibberish, a melody begins to form. Travis M. Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2021 As McCartney strums and murmurs gibberish, a melody begins to form. Travis M. Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2021 Speaking gibberish came with some distinct advantages. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 In the end, as noted, Bush turned the duties test into highly manipulable gibberish. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 Jul 2022

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“Gibberish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibberish. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for gibberish

gibberish

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

Kids Definition of gibberish

: confused meaningless talk

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