tech·​no·​bab·​ble ˈtek-nə-ˌba-bəl How to pronounce technobabble (audio)
: technical jargon

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Technobabble was formed by combining techno- (meaning "technical or technological") with babble ("continuous meaningless vocal sounds"), and unsurprisingly suggests language which sounds highly technical and is incomprehensible to the listener. Techno- as a combining form has given English speakers a number of interesting words, including but not limited to technocrat, technophile and technophobia, techno-thriller, technopreneur, and even technostructure ("the network of professionally skilled scientists, engineers, and administrators that tends to control the economy"). Techno- itself traces back to the same root word that gave us technology, namely the Greek word technē, meaning "art, craft, or practical skill."

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But between the different models of each edition, their exclusive games and lots of technobabble otherwise, buying a game console is starting to feel as complex as picking a health insurance plan. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2020 Lashings of technobabble aside, none of the practical or scientific material in the show seems remotely true or plausible, especially the speed at which things are supposed to happen. cleveland, 1 June 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide There's also very little in the way of futuristic technobabble—a hallmark of the franchise since TOS and a major factor in its enduring popularity. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2020 Laying down some classic Trek technobabble, Culber explains that the Klingons did something more than just torture Tyler, implanting a consciousness within him to change him into something else. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 8 Jan. 2018 Of all the narrative staples that make Star Trek feel like Star Trek—science-y technobabble, fighting with Klingons or Romulans—one of the most enjoyable has always been exploring the definition of life and how to protect it. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 9 Oct. 2017

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Word History


techno- + babble, noun

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of technobabble was in 1981


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“Technobabble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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