Definition of gobbledygook in English:

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gobbledygook

Pronunciation: /ˈɡɒb(ə)ldɪˌɡuːk/
(also gobbledegook)

noun

[mass noun] informal
Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms: reams of financial gobbledygook
More 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.
Synonyms
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, dribble
British informal cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, double Dutch, tosh, cack
Scottish & Northern English informal havers
North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
informal, dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
vulgar slang shit, bullshit, horseshit, crap, bollocks, balls
North American vulgar slang crapola
Australian/New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust

Origin

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

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