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[gob-uh l-dee-goo k] /ˈgɒb əl diˌgʊk/
language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand:
the gobbledegook of government reports.
Origin of gobbledegook
1940-45; fanciful formation from gobble2
gibberish, doubletalk, bosh, mumbo jumbo. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gobbledegook
  • Under its current editor, the journalists put forward gobbledegook rhetorical arguments that a schoolchild could see through.
  • The gobbledegook nature of this article may be seen by examining the examples used.
  • Even so, such gobbledegook is hardly going to make life easier for motorists thinking of buying a plug-in.
  • Communicators have to negotiate the bureaucracy while translating gobbledegook into plain language.
  • Excuse me, but that gobbledegook is not in this letter.
British Dictionary definitions for gobbledegook


pretentious or unintelligible jargon, such as that used by officials
Word Origin
C20: whimsical formation from gobble²
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Slang definitions & phrases for gobbledegook



Pretentious and scarcely intelligible language, esp of the sort attributed to bureaucrats, sociologists, etc

[coined in 1944 by Representative Maury Maverick of Texas]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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