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Jabberwocky

[JAB-ər-wok-ee]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: English, 1871

1.

Writing or speech that contains meaningless words

2.

An imitation of language containing meaningless nonsense words; gibberish

Examples of Jabberwocky in a sentence

"The silly poem she wrote to amuse her nieces was a piece of pure jabberwocky. "

"Fantasy books are full of jabberwocky and other mythical creations. "

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About Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky is a noun, naming any type of made-up language or nonsense words. It’s also a proper noun, as the title of Lewis Carroll’s 1871 poem, and it can be used as an adjective to describe something meaningless or senseless.

Did you Know?

Jabberwocky is the title of a poem of nonsense words in Lewis Carroll’s sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” “Through the Looking-Glass.” The poem is full of fantastical language, including bandersnatch, fruminous, mimsy, and snicker-snack. Some words (chortle and galumphing) became so popular that they gained the status of “real” words.

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