Jabberwocky [ jab-er-wok-ee ] SHOW IPA / ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk i / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural Jab·ber·wock·ies. a playful imitation of language consisting of invented, meaningless words; nonsense; gibberish. an example of writing or speech consisting of or containing meaningless words. adjective consisting of or comparable to Jabberwocky; meaningless; senseless.
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Jab·ber·wock [ jab-er-wok]. /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk/. Origin of Jabberwocky
Coined by Lewis Carroll in
Jabberwocky, poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871); explained by Carroll to mean “the result of much excited and voluble discussion”; from jabber + Old English wocer, wocor “offspring, fruit”
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How to use Jabberwocky in a sentence
For it is obvious that the war the Jabberwock has so nobly waged has been a waste of steel and powder.
Perhaps the philologists of the future may theorise as sapiently as to the origin of jabberwock and bandersnatch.
He jerked open the door, but he was not quick enough for the originator of the Jabberwock Jig.
Bambi |Marjorie Benton Cooke
And, having killed a jabberwock, and found it fat and nice, he thought he'd eat according to the warthog's sage advice.
British Dictionary definitions for Jabberwocky Word Origin for jabberwocky
C19: coined by Lewis Carroll as the title of a poem in
Through the Looking Glass (1871)
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