- Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, chapter 12, in The Scarlet Letter, a Romance, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, OCLC 223202227:
- Such gibberish as children may be heard amusing themselves with.
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure:
- Could it be, after all, that the whole story was true, and the writing on the sherd was not a forgery, or the invention of some crack-brained, long-forgotten individual? And if so, could it be that Leo was the man that She was waiting for - the dead man who was to be born again! Impossible! The whole thing was gibberish! Who ever heard of a man being born again?
- Needlessly obscure or overly technical language.
- A language game, comparable to pig Latin, in which one inserts a nonsense syllable before the first vowel in each syllable of a word.
unintelligible speech or writing
needlessly obscure or overly technical language
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Translations to be checked
- double Dutch
- gobbledygook, gobbledegook
- mumbo jumbo
- rhubarb rhubarb