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.


consisting of or comparable to Jabberwocky; meaningless; senseless.

Also Jab·ber·wock [jab-er-wok] /ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk/.

Origin of Jabberwocky

coined by Lewis Carroll in Jabberwocky, poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871)
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Examples from the Web for jabberwock

Historical Examples of jabberwock

  • Says the shriek of the Jabberwock beneath my window, 'The Hun is destroyed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • Let's call the idol the Jabberwock, and sing the Jabberwock song as we go up.

    Cricket at the Seashore

    Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

  • This large cage is intended for the Jabberwock—when we obtain him.

    The Librarian at Play

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • You remember the musical setting I once made you for the Lay of the Jabberwock?

  • "'Beware of the Jabberwock that bites, my child,'" quoted Harvey.

    A Little Florida Lady

    Dorothy C. Paine

British Dictionary definitions for jabberwock


noun plural -wockies

nonsense verse

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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Word Origin and History for jabberwock


1872, nonsense word (perhaps based on jabber) coined by Lewis Carroll, for the poem of the same name, which he published in "Through the Looking-Glass." The poem is about a fabulous beast called the Jabberwock.

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