Definition of mumbo jumbo in English:

mumbo jumbo

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Pronunciation: /ˌmʌmbəʊ ˈdʒʌmbəʊ


[mass noun] informal
  • Language or ritual causing or intended to cause confusion or bewilderment: a maze of legal mumbo jumbo
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    • It's all mumbo-jumbo, ancient rituals that for some extraordinary reason we've stuck with.
    • So, in spite of what I wrote above, I don't think we should get ourselves caught up in some sort of legal mumbo-jumbo legal definition of what ‘identify’ means.
    • It was if he was teasing me with the start of a question, then regressing into mumbo-jumbo just to confuse me.
    nonsense, gibberish, claptrap, rubbish, balderdash, blather, blether; rigmarole; jargon, unintelligible language, obscure language, hocus-pocus
    informal gobbledegook, double Dutch, argle-bargle, bull


mid 18th century (as Mumbo Jumbo, denoting a supposed African idol): of unknown origin; the current sense dates from the late 19th century.

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