Definition of gibberish in English:



  • [mass noun] Unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; nonsense:

    ‘he talks gibberish’
    • ‘I think that I've been talking gibberish for approximately the past twelve hours.’
    • ‘Sleep talking can range from a word or two of gibberish, to an entire speech.’
    • ‘The one thing that they had in common was that they all spoke gibberish.’
    • ‘The ending really is one where you stare at the TV for about 5 minutes after its over and mutter gibberish.’
    • ‘Then he noticed Andrew acting strangely, grinning and waving, talking gibberish to himself and fidgeting.’
    • ‘The kind of lesson the inspectors would enjoy would be for the teacher to sit in silence while the students talk gibberish to each other.’
    • ‘How much longer have we got to endure glib stupidity and bluster passing as ‘moral clarity’ or some such gibberish?’
    • ‘Why do parties insist on meaningless gibberish as conference slogans?’
    • ‘Who speaks the most gibberish, the worst jargon, the most twisted English and the biggest pile of gobbledegook?’
    • ‘At first the monkeys were intrigued with the computers and typed all sorts of stuff, even though it was meaningless gibberish.’
    • ‘And cue the most incomprehensible stream of gibberish ever to pour forth from a human being's mouth.’
    • ‘Given the choice of English or gibberish, financial firms choose to spout utter nonsense!’
    • ‘I always suspected David was prone to moments of gibberish.’
    • ‘There was this chap I used to work with many years ago, who used to talk the most incomprehensible gibberish with tremendous enthusiasm.’
    • ‘It was just none of them wanted to be around the parents and their nonsense gibberish.’
    • ‘He appeared to be talking gibberish about fridges and freezers.’
    • ‘If you've not read the books and this sounds like gibberish, don't worry.’
    • ‘He burst into hysterical tears of confusion, speaking a line of nonsensical gibberish.’
    • ‘Thus the actual idea behind what they were doing was lost and what remained was mindless gibberish in an alien language.’
    • ‘A strangely high proportion of the spam I receive is written in gibberish.’
    nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, blether
    drivel, gobbledegook, mumbo jumbo, rot, tripe, hogwash, baloney, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, twaddle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, dribble
    cobblers, codswallop, tosh, cack, cock, stuff and nonsense, double dutch
    garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
    bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
    shit, bullshit, horseshit, crap, bollocks, balls
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Early 16th century: perhaps from gibber (but recorded earlier) + the suffix -ish (denoting a language as in Spanish, Swedish, etc.).