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gibberish

Line breaks: gib¦ber|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪb(ə)rɪʃ
 
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Definition of gibberish in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; nonsense: he talks gibberish
More example sentences
  • At first the monkeys were intrigued with the computers and typed all sorts of stuff, even though it was meaningless gibberish.
  • Why do parties insist on meaningless gibberish as conference slogans?
  • He burst into hysterical tears of confusion, speaking a line of nonsensical gibberish.
Synonyms
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

early 16th century: perhaps from gibber1 (but recorded earlier) + the suffix -ish1 (denoting a language as in Spanish, Swedish, etc.).

Words that rhyme with gibberish

Micawberishvulturish

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