[ jib-er-ish, gib- ]
/ ˈdʒɪb ər ɪʃ, ˈgɪb- /


meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing.
talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.

Origin of gibberish

1545–55; apparently gibber + -ish1, on the model of language names so formed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gibberish


/ (ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ) /


rapid chatter like that of monkeys
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper