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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)
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)


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