gobbledegook

[gob-uhl-dee-gook]
noun
language characterized by circumlocution and jargon, usually hard to understand: the gobbledegook of government reports.
Also, gobbledygook.


Origin:
1940–45; fanciful formation from gobble2


gibberish, doubletalk, bosh, mumbo jumbo.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To gobbledygook
Collins
World English Dictionary
gobbledegook or gobbledygook (ˈɡɒbəldɪˌɡuːk)
 
n
pretentious or unintelligible jargon, such as that used by officials
 
[C20: whimsical formation from gobble²]
 
gobbledygook or gobbledygook
 
n
 
[C20: whimsical formation from gobble²]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

gobbledygook
1944, Amer.Eng., first used by U.S. Rep. Maury Maverick, D.-Texas, (1895-1954), a grandson of the original maverick (q.v.) and chairman of U.S. Smaller War Plants Corporation during World War II. First used in a memo dated March 30, 1944, banning "gobbledygook language" and mock-threateaning, "anyone
using the words activation or implementation will be shot." Maverick said he made up the word in imitation of turkey noise.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
It's easier to spread the gobbledygook than it is to take thirty seconds to do some research.
Related Words
Synonyms
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature