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

  • n. Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing.
  • n. Highly technical or esoteric language.
  • n. Unnecessarily pretentious or vague language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless
  • n. needlessly obscure or overly technical language
  • adj. unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unmeaning.
  • n. Rapid and inarticulate talk; unintelligible language; unmeaning words.
  • n. Incomprehensible, obscure, or pretentious technical talk or writing; excessively obscure jargon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rapid and inarticulate talk; unintelligible or incoherent language; confused or disguised speech; jargon.
  • n. Synonyms See prattle, n.
  • Unmeaning; unintelligible; disguised or jargonized, as words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. unintelligible talking


Probably from gibber, to speak unintelligibly (of imitative origin) + -ish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ca. 16th century. Either an onomatopeia, imitating to the sound of chatter, probably influenced by jabber, or derived from the root of the Irish gob ("the mouth"). (Wiktionary)



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