gob·​ble·​dy·​gook | \ ˈgä-bəl-dē-ˌgu̇k How to pronounce gobbledygook (audio) , -ˌgük \
variants: or less commonly gobbledegook

Definition of gobbledygook

: wordy and generally unintelligible jargon

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Examples of gobbledygook in a Sentence

The report is just a bunch of gobbledygook. cut through the gobbledygook and just tell me what the final cost of the car would be
Recent Examples on the Web Despite his age, some gobbledygook in debates and on the trail, and his past heresies (from the Democratic primary voters’ perspective) about criminal justice and the Iraq War, Joe Biden has maintained a steady lead. Mona Charen, National Review, "Will Democrats Choose Safety or Risk?," 17 Jan. 2020 Ki-jung, the most intuitive grifter in a family full of them, shows up with a coolly professional demeanor and a mouth full of therapeutic gobbledygook. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019 Services that apply solid, end-to-end encryption have nothing but useless gobbledygook (and subscriber information and metadata, sure) to turn over to authorities. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "No, Encryption Is Not About to Be ‘Backdoored’—Data Sheet," 1 Oct. 2019 The return email address was some big long gobbledygook address. cleveland.com, "Email scammer claims reader visited porn website, must pay $1,387 to keep it secret: Money Matters," 1 Sep. 2019 Editorialists from Oakland to Omaha pounced on the exchange, highlighting the new word as a prime example of the Pentagon’s penchant for gobbledygook. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Weaponize,’ a Term for Arms, From the Tennis Court to the Supreme Court," 27 July 2018 If their servers do get hacked, the data is gobbledygook without the master password only each individual user knows. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Password managers have a security flaw, but you should still use one," 19 Feb. 2019 The film actually discourages learning the mathematics behind the aiming system, essentially labeling it gobbledygook whose understanding was unnecessary for gunners to do their jobs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a World War II Training Cartoon Voiced by Mel Blanc," 8 Nov. 2017 For example, the DNA in our cells is littered with huge stretches of repetitive, useless gobbledygook. Nathan H. Lents, WSJ, "The Botch of the Human Body," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gobbledygook

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gobbledygook

irregular from gobble, noun

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The first known use of gobbledygook was in 1944

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18 Feb 2020

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“Gobbledygook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobbledygook. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gobbledygook

informal : speech or writing that is complicated and difficult to understand

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