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[jab-er-wok-ee] /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk i/
noun, plural Jabberwockies.
a playful imitation of language consisting of invented, meaningless words; nonsense; gibberish.
an example of writing or speech consisting of or containing meaningless words.
consisting of or comparable to Jabberwocky; meaningless; senseless.
Also, Jabberwock
[jab-er-wok] /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Jabberwocky
coined by Lewis Carroll in Jabberwocky, poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "'Beware of the jabberwock that bites, my child,'" quoted Harvey.

    A Little Florida Lady Dorothy C. Paine
  • Let's call the idol the jabberwock, and sing the jabberwock song as we go up.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • For it is obvious that the war the jabberwock has so nobly waged has been a waste of steel and powder.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • This large cage is intended for the jabberwock—when we obtain him.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • He jerked open the door, but he was not quick enough for the originator of the jabberwock Jig.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • You remember the musical setting I once made you for the Lay of the jabberwock?

  • One by one all the children's small possessions lay before the jaws of the jabberwock.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Steve had indeed, as Owen said, "laid the jabberwock low," when he discharged both barrels of his shotgun at once.

  • Says the shriek of the jabberwock beneath my window, 'The Hun is destroyed.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • The fire went springing up, licking the white bones of the jabberwock.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
British Dictionary definitions for jabberwock


noun (pl) -wockies
nonsense verse
Word Origin
C19: coined by Lewis Carroll as the title of a poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jabberwock


1872, nonsense word (perhaps based on jabber) coined by Lewis Carroll, for the poem of the same name, which he published in "Through the Looking-Glass." The poem is about a fabulous beast called the Jabberwock.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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