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[gal-uh-mey-shee-uh s, -mat-ee-uh s]
  1. confused or unintelligible talk.
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Origin of galimatias

1645–55; < French, word of obscure origin first attested in Montaigne (jargon de galimathias)
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Historical Examples of galimatias

  • Her dress, like her language, is a galimatias of several countries.

    The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)

    Anna Jameson

  • Why should there not be a double irony for the clever, just as there is a galimatias double for the dull?

    The English Stage

    Augustin Filon

  • As a matter of fact, idle talk and galimatias of the sort are in no wise literature.

  • Mrs. Tramore stared, as if at a language she had never heard, a farrago, a galimatias.

British Dictionary definitions for galimatias


  1. rare confused talk; gibberish
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Word Origin for galimatias

C17: from French, of unknown origin
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