Definition of gobbledygook in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈɡäbəldēˌɡo͞ok/
(also gobbledegook)


Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense.
Example sentences
  • The commentary became technical and aeronautical gobbledygook, but it was quite exciting.
  • The language may sound like gobbledegook but according to the council ‘although the wording may not be obvious to some people, the specialists we seek will fully understand the terminology’.
  • He waged war against the mountains of unintelligible gobbledygook that is regularly dumped on schools by government bureaucrats.
gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, garbage
informal mumbo jumbo, drivel, tripe, hogwash, baloney, bilge, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, twaddle, poppycock, phooey, hooey


1940s (originally US): probably imitating a turkey's gobble.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: gob·ble·dy·gook

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words