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gibberish

Definition:

unintelligible talking

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

gibber

Plural:

gibberishes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

gibber | galimatias [rare]

Etymology:

about 16th century. Either an onomatopeia, imitating to the sound of chatter,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Gibberish

a generic term in English for talking that sounds like speech, but carries no actual meaning. This meaning has also been extended to meaningless text or gobbledygook. The common theme in gibberish statements is a lack of literal sense, which can be ... (42 of 622 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gibberish

Collins Dictionary:

gibberish | nonsense [synonym, sense-specific]

rapid chatter like that of monkeys | incomprehensible talk; nonsense (9 of 515 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gibberish

Merriam-Webster:

gibberish | abracadabra [synonym] | babble [synonym] | blabber [synonym] | burble [synonym] | double Dutch [synonym] | double-talk [synonym] | drivel [synonym] | gabble [synonym] | ...

unintelligible or meaningless language: a technical or esoteric language ; pretentious or needlessly obscure language (15 of 102 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gibberish

Oxford Dictionary:

gibberish | nonsense [synonym]

unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; nonsense (7 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gibberish

Wiktionary:

gibberish | gibberishes [plural] | gibber [synonym, sense-specific] | nonsense [synonym, sense-specific]

speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless | needlessly obscure or overly technical language | unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless (19 of 33 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gibberish

American Heritage Dictionary:

gibberish

Unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing. | Highly technical or esoteric language. | Unnecessarily pretentious or vague language. (16 of 30 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibberish

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gibberish [uncountable, informal]

nonsense (1 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gibberish

Cambridge Dictionary:

gibberish [disapproving]

spoken or written words which are nonsense and have no meaning (11 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gibberish

Random House Dictionary:

gibberish

meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing. | talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words. (16 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gibberish

New World Dictionary:

gibberish

rapid and incoherent talk; unintelligible chatter; jargon (7 of 13 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibberish

Britannica Encyclopedia:

gibber [geological feature] | SiO2 [chemical formula]

rock- and pebble-littered area of arid or semi-arid country in Australia. The rocks are generally angular fragments formed from broken up duricrust, ... (22 of 81 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/233137​/gibber

Encarta Dictionary:

gibberish

spoken or written language perceived as unintelligible or devoid of sense (11 of 28 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675222​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

gibberish

Origin: about 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").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gibberish

gibber | gibbers [plural] | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle]

Origin: uncertain, see gibberish | native Australian | gib + -er

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gibber

Online Etymology:

gibberish

First use: 1550s

Origin: imitative of the sound of chatter, probably influenced by "jabber". Used early 17th century of the language of rogues and gypsies.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gibberish

Oxford Dictionary:

gibberish

First use: early 16th century

Origin: perhaps from "gibber1" (but recorded earlier) + the suffix "-ish1" (denoting a language as in Spanish, Swedish, etc.)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gibberish

gibber [entry 1]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: imitative

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gibber

gibber [entry 2] | gibber stone

Origin: Dharuk giba "stone"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/gibber--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

gibberish

Origin: Probably from gibber, to speak unintelligibly (of imitative origin) + "-ish".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibberish

gibber | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle] | gibbers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Probably back-formation from "gibberish".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibber

Merriam-Webster:

gibberish

First use: about 1554

Origin: probably from gibber

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gibberish

gibber | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle]

First use: 1604

Origin: imitative

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gibber

New World Dictionary:

Collins Dictionary:

gibber

First use: 17th century | 19th century

Origin: of imitative origin | from a native Australian language

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gibber

Encarta Dictionary:

gibberish

Origin: Early 16th century Probably from gibber after Spanish, Polish, etc.

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675222​/definition​.html  [offline]

gibber | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle] | gibbers [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Probably an imitation of the sound

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675219​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

gibberish

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gibberish

gibber

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gibber"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gibber"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gibber

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gibberish [uncountable, informal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gibberish

gibber [intransitive/transitive] | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle] | gibbers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gibber"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gibber

Macmillan American Dictionary:

gibberish [uncountable, informal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gibberish

gibber [intransitive/transitive] | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle] | gibbers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gibber"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gibber

Cambridge Dictionary:

gibberish [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gibberish"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gibberish"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gibberish

gibber [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gibber"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gibber"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gibber

the Free Dictionary:

gibberish

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gibberish"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gibberish"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gibberish" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/gibberish

gibber

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "gibber"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "gibber" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/gibber

Google Dictionary:

gibberish

Audio: English pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=gibberish

gibber | gibbered [past tense] | gibbering [present participle] | gibbers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gibber"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=gibber

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gibberish

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gibber​06 word=gibberish

gibberish

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gibberish"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gibber​05 word=gibberish

gibber

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gibber"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gibber​01 word=gibber

YourDictionary Audio:

gibberish

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gibberish" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibberish

gibber

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gibber" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gibber

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