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mumbo jumbo  (ˈmʌmbəʊ



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


View thesaurus entry
= gibberish, nonsense, jargon, humbug, cant, Greek (informal), claptrap (informal), gobbledegook (informal), rigmarole, double talk

Example Sentences Including 'mumbo jumbo'

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)
No executive could possibly be expected to understand this mumbo jumbo.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
I suppose the CPS must have thought it would just sound like too much mumbo jumbo.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)


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