noun[mass noun] • informal
- Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms: reams of financial gobbledygookMore example sentences
jargon, unintelligible language, obscure language; gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, blether, argle-bargle• informal mumbo jumbo, drivel, rot, tripe, hogwash, baloney, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, twaddle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, dribbleScottish & Northern English • informal haversNorth American • vulgar slang crapolaAustralian/New Zealand • vulgar slang bulldust
- 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.
1940s (originally US): probably imitating a turkey's gobble.