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mumbo jumbo (ˈmʌmbəʊ Pronunciation for mumbo jumbo



Word forms:   plural mumbo jumbos
  1. foolish religious reverence, ritual, or incantation
  2. meaningless or unnecessarily complicated language
  3. an object of superstitious awe or reverence

Word Origin

C18: probably from Mandingo mama dyumbo, name of a tribal god

Example Sentences Including 'mumbo jumbo'

I suppose the CPS must have thought it would just sound like too much mumbo jumbo.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
If you believe all the myths and mystical mumbo jumbo , the imperial dynasty stretches back 2,700 years.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
It uses a lot of New Agey mumbo jumbo to describe the effect of the Northern Lights on people.
Globe and Mail (2003)
No executive could possibly be expected to understand this mumbo jumbo.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
Not that I've got to see much of it, only a glimpse through the windows, the rest of the day has been a lot of hippie mumbo jumbo.
Christina Jones TICKLED PINK (2002)
Without empirical evidence and clear-cut laws of cause and effect it only inhabits the broad area between pseudo-science and mumbo jumbo.
India Today (2000)
`Dropping out and all the mysticism was really mumbo jumbo.
Shawn Levy READY, STEADY, GO!: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool (2002)
`It is all done satirically, otherwise it just comes across as New Age mumbo jumbo.
Misc (1995)


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