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.

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Between the lackluster story, the annoying gibberish that passes as character dialogue and all the tedious gameplay, Biomutant really feels like an unfinished product. Erik Kain, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Nichols does an improvisation of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain in gibberish. Rachel Shteir, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 The New Yorker's door was locked, but the group camped out, rattling the letter slots, scribbling nasty messages in a reception book and spewing hateful gibberish to their viewers. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 15 May 2021 Strategies are often communicated or articulated using conceptual corporate gibberish that employees find difficult to understand. London Business School, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 For a non-Marvel viewer, a lot of these elements probably sound like gibberish—and indeed, such theory-driving scenes made the finale (already a longer-than-usual episode) feel a tad overstuffed. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2021 If this sounds like a bit like gibberish to you, that’s okay. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Mar. 2021 The gibberish set the Twitterverse afire with speculation. Aamer Madhani And Jill Colvin, Chron, 9 Jan. 2021 The series provides a platform for junk science, gibberish, and unproven health claims from snake-oil-salesmen guests. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of gibberish was circa 1554

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9 Jun 2021

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“Gibberish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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