gibberish gib"ber*ish (j[i^]b"b[~e]r*[i^]sh or g[i^]b"b[~e]r*[i^]sh), n. [From {Gibber}, v. i.] 1. Rapid and inarticulate talk; unintelligible language; unmeaning words. [1913 Webster]

He, like a gypsy, oftentimes would go; All kinds of gibberish he had learnt to know. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

Such gibberish as children may be heard amusing themselves with. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. Incomprehensible, obscure, or pretentious technical talk or writing; excessively obscure jargon. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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