mumbo jumbo

noun mum·bo jum·bo \ ˌməm-bō-ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of mumbo jumbo

1 :an object of superstitious homage and fear
2 a :a complicated often ritualistic observance with elaborate trappings
b :complicated activity or language usually intended to obscure and confuse
3 :unnecessarily involved and incomprehensible language :gibberish
4 :language, behavior, or beliefs based on superstition

Examples of mumbo jumbo in a Sentence

  1. We were confused by all the legal mumbo jumbo.

  2. His explanation was just a lot of mumbo jumbo.

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Origin and Etymology of mumbo jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo, a masked figure among Mandingo peoples of western Africa


MUMBO JUMBO Defined for English Language Learners

mumbo jumbo

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Definition of mumbo jumbo for English Language Learners

  • : confusing or meaningless words or activity


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