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gibberish

[jib-er-ish, gib-] /ˈdʒɪb ər ɪʃ, ˈgɪb-/
noun
1.
meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing.
2.
talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.
Origin of gibberish
1545-1555
1545-55; apparently gibber + -ish1, on the model of language names so formed
Synonyms
1. nonsense, foolishness, babble, gabble, drivel, gobbledegook.
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  • Worldliness, sensuality, and devilism are things helped forward by their gibberish.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • Of course I am telling this in my own language, as I translated it from the negro's gibberish.

  • Fiery faces and damages—What does your Westminster-hall gibberish mean?

    The Heiress; John Burgoyne
  • Their charms were repeated sometimes in their own language and sometimes in gibberish.

  • His language might be gibberish to her, but it was clear that he was trying to entertain her, even woo her.

  • Arthur told me it was gibberish to him and he had thrown it on the fire.

British Dictionary definitions for gibberish

gibberish

/ˈdʒɪbərɪʃ/
noun
1.
rapid chatter like that of monkeys
2.
incomprehensible talk; nonsense
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Word Origin and History for gibberish
n.

1550s, imitative of the sound of chatter, probably influenced by jabber. Used early 17c. of the language of rogues and gypsies.

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