gob·​ble·​dy·​gook | \ˈgä-bəl-dē-ˌgu̇k, -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

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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 Two nifty 20th-century words are malarkey (1929) and gobbledygook (1944). Stephen Miller, WSJ, "What’s Another Word for Derp?," 29 May 2018 In looking back on the influence Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake has established over this last half-century, that little quip of gobbledygook makes more sense now than ever before. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Small Faces' 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' Turns 50: Phil Collen, Peter Frampton, Linda Thompson & More Pay Tribute," 24 May 2018 Their explanations are always a jumbled turd of gobbledygook about forgiveness, togetherness and everything except the evil of white supremacy. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Least Racist People You Know, Ranked," 16 Jan. 2018 Or, as Chief Justice John Roberts described it: gobbledygook. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Year in The Numbers: School Buses, Bad Passwords and a Whole Lot of Eggs," 22 Dec. 2017 Black people eschew all that gobbledygook about the charity and the joy of giving. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Caucasian’s Guide to Black Christmas," 22 Dec. 2017 There are genes known as retrotransposons that can copy themselves and paste the duplicates in other parts of our DNA, creating large tracts of repetitive gobbledygook. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles," 13 Oct. 2017 Can Justice Stephen Breyer survive a close brush with gobbledygook? Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "Is Partisan Gerrymandering Dead?," 3 Oct. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gobbledygook

: speech or writing that is complicated and difficult to understand

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