Definition of gobbledygook in English:

gobbledygook

(also gobbledegook)

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms:

    ‘reams of financial gobbledygook’
    • ‘It took me many minutes to understand that the inside cover photos are mislabeled, and that the front photos are cited as being in the back; worse, that their captions will be technical gobbledegook to most readers.’
    • ‘But I think younger people always like to have what they think is a secret language, something that is gobbledegook to adults.’
    • ‘He waged war against the mountains of unintelligible gobbledygook that is regularly dumped on schools by government bureaucrats.’
    • ‘Language is always interesting, whether we are talking about crumbling grammar, the abbreviated sub-language of e-mail and text messages on mobile phones, modern gobbledegook, or using the English language as a nationality test.’
    • ‘As I say, there's a lot of jargon and bureaucratic gobbledygook here.’
    • ‘After all, very few Americans have a second language so everyone except the Brits is talking gobbledygook, right?’
    • ‘‘When you apply the supposed key, it turns out to be total nonsense and gobbledygook,’ said Coe.’
    • ‘In a bumper year for the awards, the campaign has nominated a record 11 winners for the award nobody wants - noting an alarming rise in gobbledygook and gibberish.’
    • ‘They were tired of the double-speak and gobbledygook.’
    • ‘While these 1s and 0s may seem like gobbledygook to the average human, it is the language that CD and DVD players understand.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, I think it's worth examining, because Sebastian's parsing of its meaning is such pure gobbledygook.’
    • ‘The commentary became technical and aeronautical gobbledygook, but it was quite exciting.’
    • ‘The language may sound like gobbledegook but according to the council ‘although the wording may not be obvious to some people, the specialists we seek will fully understand the terminology’.’
    • ‘Dad spoke gobbledegook, Grandma spoke gobbledegook, as did Dad's brother and his sons.’
    • ‘Setting aside all the actuarial and financial gobbledegook, the basic idea was that the boomers and others would start paying not only their own taxes but also advance paying to cover the costs of their own retirement.’
    • ‘The ceremony also includes the dreaded Golden Bull booby prizes for the year's most baffling gobbledygook.’
    • ‘Sometimes the girls tried to read them, but they were all in jargon, or gobbledygook.’
    • ‘That is doublespeak, political gobbledygook.’
    • ‘It is one of a torrent of jargon words, phrases, clichés and bureaucratic gobbledygook that have grown to clutter our language, and which were highlighted last week by the Plain English Campaign.’
    jargon, unintelligible language, obscure language
    gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, blether, argle-bargle
    mumbo jumbo, drivel, rot, tripe, hogwash, baloney, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, guff, eyewash, piffle, twaddle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, dribble
    cobblers, codswallop, cock, stuff and nonsense, double dutch, tosh, cack
    havers
    garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
    bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
    shit, bullshit, horseshit, crap, bollocks, balls
    crapola
    bulldust
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Origin

1940s (originally US): probably imitating a turkey's gobble.

Pronunciation

gobbledygook

/ˈɡɒb(ə)ldɪˌɡuːk/