gob·​ble·​dy·​gook ˈgä-bəl-dē-ˌgu̇k How to pronounce gobbledygook (audio)
variants or less commonly gobbledegook
: wordy and generally unintelligible jargon

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 That’s corporate gobbledygook that tries to appease all sides and achieves nothing. Richard Torrenzano, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2023 When research papers are published, the detail often comes across as gobbledygook to A.I. professionals and computer scientists. Subutai Ahmad, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2023 Inflated and abstract writing such as that 1942 blackout order is called gobbledygook. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2023 Caple and his team understand that, beneath the mythical gobbledygook, these movies are about sensations and nostalgia. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2023 Teaching the latest progressive gobbledygook instead of basic math skills will inevitably have the effect of locking children into poverty, habituating them to dysfunction, and diminishing their capacities as free citizens. The Editors, National Review, 19 Apr. 2023 For the Senate, the simple act of voting on military nominees—outside of all the rest of the Senate’s obsolete and time-consuming parliamentarian gobbledygook—would take months. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Another, who’d seen it later, assured me that the movie starts off with gobbledygook about civilizations exploring the cosmos before humankind and then establishes that beach scene as taking place on some other planet. Vulture, 10 Mar. 2023 And Bach's gobbledygook about Russian athletes now being safe from political pressure was just that. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


irregular from gobble, noun

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gobbledygook was in 1944

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“Gobbledygook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobbledygook. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also gobbledegook
: wordy and generally meaningless jargon

a playful expansion of gobble (noun) "a noise like that of a turkey"

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