Definitions

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

  • n. Unclear, wordy jargon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nonsense; meaningless or encrypted language.
  • n. Something written in an overly complex, incoherent, or incomprehensible manner.

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

  • n. incomprehensible or pompous jargon of specialists

Etymologies

Imitative of the gobbling of a turkey.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Congressman Maury Maverick, who coined the term gobbledygook (1944). (wikipedia)

    There May Be Truth in the McCain-Palin "Maverick" Claim

  • New Class gobbledygook, which is more prevalent than ever, is also more destructive than ever because the government itself is doing more than ever.

    What's Elevated, Health-Care Provider?

  • Apparently, some issues with signal, lost data packets, modem configurations, IP accessibility and other gobbledygook are at fault.

    Archive 2003-06-01

  • And if, as I believe he does, Woods wonders why the academic discourse on literature is conducted in a language called gobbledygook, then the answer is surely perfectly clear.

    Abandoned attempt

  • CNN: A push to simplify credit card 'gobbledygook'

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 20, 2009

  • And yet, the Plain English Campaign says on their webpage that they're "campaigning against gobbledygook"; what sort of non-English speaker would know what "gobbledygook" is?

    More WTFery.

  • I mean, that's what critics are saying; this is just basically kind of gobbledygook you're talking about.

    CNN Transcript Feb 27, 2007

  • One judge told the government its courtroom arguments were "gobbledygook" and invited its lawyer to return to his office and "have a big chuckle."

    Court Skeptical of Wiretap Rules

  • At another point in the hearing, Edwards told the FCC's lawyer that his arguments were "gobbledygook" and "nonsense."

    05/06/2006

  • As for Aciman's view of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, while I take (and at the time took) the point about heavy-handed literalness, to describe it as "gobbledygook" simply betrays a failure to understand the English language.

    'Proust's Way?': An Exchange

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