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[jib-er-ish, gib-]
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  1. meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing.
  2. talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.
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Origin of gibberish

1545–55; apparently gibber + -ish1, on the model of language names so formed


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Related Words

babble, drivel, blather, jabber, claptrap, palaver, hocus-pocus, gobbledygook, balderdash, prattle, jargon, chatter, scat, twaddle, yammer, blah-blah

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British Dictionary definitions for gibberish


  1. rapid chatter like that of monkeys
  2. incomprehensible talk; nonsense
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Word Origin and History for gibberish


1550s, imitative of the sound of chatter, probably influenced by jabber. Used early 17c. of the language of rogues and gypsies.

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