Definition of jabberwocky in US English:


nounPlural jabberwockies

  • Invented or meaningless language; nonsense.

    • ‘Herrera's portmanteau style and ludic impulse constitute a form of visual jabberwocky, in which the familiar is confidently manipulated and destabilized.’
    • ‘What sounds meaningful reads like jabberwocky.’
    • ‘Penelope describes what this means and the agony and pleasure of streams of jabberwocky issuing forth from a man of words.’
    • ‘They don't want jabberwocky or gobbledegook going full bore.’


Early 20th century: from the title of a nonsense poem in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass (1871).