Definition of gobbledygook in US English:


(also gobbledegook)


  • Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense.

    • ‘That is doublespeak, political 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.’
    • ‘Dad spoke gobbledegook, Grandma spoke gobbledegook, as did Dad's brother and his sons.’
    • ‘As I say, there's a lot of jargon and bureaucratic gobbledygook here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, I think it's worth examining, because Sebastian's parsing of its meaning is such pure gobbledygook.’
    • ‘He waged war against the mountains of unintelligible gobbledygook that is regularly dumped on schools by government bureaucrats.’
    • ‘While these 1s and 0s may seem like gobbledygook to the average human, it is the language that CD and DVD players understand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The commentary became technical and aeronautical gobbledygook, but it was quite exciting.’
    • ‘They were tired of the double-speak and gobbledygook.’
    • ‘The ceremony also includes the dreaded Golden Bull booby prizes for the year's most baffling gobbledygook.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I think younger people always like to have what they think is a secret language, something that is gobbledegook to adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes the girls tried to read them, but they were all in jargon, or gobbledygook.’
    • ‘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.’
    jargon, unintelligible language, obscure language
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1940s (originally US): probably imitating a turkey's gobble.