[ jab-er-wok-ee ]
/ ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk i /
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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.
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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); 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.Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht
Perhaps the philologists of the future may theorise as sapiently as to the origin of jabberwock and bandersnatch.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
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.
There's no Egyptian crock, or painted jabberwock, but by the wall there stands a tall and loud six-dollar clock.
British Dictionary definitions for Jabberwocky
/ (ˈdʒæbəˌwɒkɪ) /
noun plural -wockies
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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