[ gob-uhl-dee-gook ]
/ ˈgɒb əl diˌgʊk /
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language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand: the gobbledegook of government reports.
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Origin of gobbledegook
First recorded in 1940–45; fanciful formation from gobble2
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British Dictionary definitions for gobbledegook
/ (ˈɡɒbəldɪˌɡuːk) /
pretentious or unintelligible jargon, such as that used by officials
Word Origin for gobbledegook
C20: whimsical formation from gobble ²
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