gibberish

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noun gib·ber·ish \ˈji-b(ə-)rish, ˈgi-\

Definition of gibberish

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of gibberish

probably from gibber


First Known Use: circa 1554


GIBBERISH Defined for English Language Learners

gibberish

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noun gib·ber·ish \ˈji-b(ə-)rish, ˈgi-\

Definition of gibberish for English Language Learners

  • : foolish, confused, or meaningless words


GIBBERISH Defined for Kids

gibberish

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noun gib·ber·ish \ˈji-bə-rish\

Definition of gibberish for Students

  1. :  confused meaningless talk



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