Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nonsense; gibberish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. nonsense, gobbledygook

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Nonsense; gibberish; confused and unmeaning talk; confused mixture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Confused talk; gibberish; nonsense of any kind.
  • n. Any confused or nonsensical mixture of incongruous things.

Etymologies

French.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French (Wiktionary)

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  • "It's all amphigories and dillydallying," she told herself, "rigamarole and bibble-babble, balderdash and fiddle-faddle, gibberish and galamatias."
    Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau, translated by Barbara Wright, p 76 of the NYRB paperback

    November 6, 2010

  • First appearance in English is in 1653, in Sir Thomas Urquhart’s translation of the works of the French author François Rabelais: “A Galimatia of Extravagant Conceits.�?

    Note that this word, despite the later added "s", is singular, not plural.

    June 26, 2009

  • Gibberish; confused, meaningless jargon. (Luciferous Logolepsy)

    May 16, 2008