1. (noun) Language that is unnecessarily complicated, technical, or difficult to understand. It often describes writing or speech that is filled with jargon, obscure vocabulary, or convoluted syntax, making it hard for the average person to comprehend.


The lawyer’s contract was filled with so much legal gobbledygook that the client had no idea what they were agreeing to without consulting a dictionary and a thesaurus.

Fun Fact

The term “gobbledygook” was coined in 1944 by Maury Maverick, a Democratic congressman from Texas. Maverick was frustrated with the unclear language used in bureaucratic documents and memoranda, which he felt was a “gobbledygook monster” that consumed and obscured meaning. The term quickly caught on and has since been used to describe any form of unclear, complicated, or technical language that confuses or alienates readers or listeners. In 1948, the New York Times credited Maverick with coining the term, cementing its place in the English language as a humorous and critical way to describe unclear or confusing communication.