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

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 But Lisa Kudrow’s speech about the glue is complete gobbledygook—those words have nothing to do with my formula adhesive at all. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 Without that unique hardware identifier, the data on the drive is unreadable gobbledygook. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2022 To most baseball fans, many of the points of contention between billionaire MLB owners and millionaire players play out on a privileged battleground, spoken in a dialect of financial gobbledygook. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Dec. 2021 What followed was a Lombardi-esque screed — at least if Lombardi’s message was filtered through the Medieval English and Advanced Psychology and then saturated in ivory-tower gobbledygook. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The lack of any basic humanity in that bureaucratic gobbledygook is telling. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 All told, the message will look scrambled or seem like gobbledygook. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Bits of story eddy around him, and the vast intricate gobbledygook of inevitable multiverse developments go rushing past. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 8 June 2021 The Biden message is refreshingly unequivocal—it is offered without any excusing the perpetrators of violence with gobbledygook about their passionate beliefs. James Freeman, WSJ, 24 May 2021 See More

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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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“Gobbledygook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gobbledygook. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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