Definition of mumbo jumbo in English:
noun[mass noun] informal
Language or ritual causing or intended to cause confusion or bewilderment: a maze of legal mumbo jumbo
More example sentences
- 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.
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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