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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. 2018.
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  • I heard somebody say "Sh," but she started in her toothless Jabberwocky.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus

    Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • A setting of Lewis Carroll's immortal "Jabberwocky" shows much rich humor of the college glee-club sort.

  • After that some Indians came on the scene of action, fierce red men of the forest, and their language was decidedly Jabberwocky.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for Jabberwocky


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 Jabberwocky

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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