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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jab•ber•wock•y*ˈdʒæb ərˌwɒk i(n.)(pl.)-wock•ies.

  1. writing or speech with nonsensical words.

* (sometimes cap.).

Origin of jabberwocky:

coined by Lewis Carroll in “Jabberwocky,” poem in Through the Looking Glass (1871)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jabberwocky(noun)

    nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)


  1. Jabberwocky(ProperNoun)

    A nonsensical poem that appears in Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

  2. jabberwocky(Adjective)

    absurd, nonsense, non-sensical

  3. Origin: The name of a poem from the nonsensical children's literature Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872) by Lewis Carroll.


  1. Jabberwocky

    "Jabberwocky" is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The book tells of Alice's adventures within the back-to-front world of a looking glass. In an early scene in which she first encounters the chess piece characters White King and White Queen, Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realising that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognises that the verse on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of "Jabberwocky". She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has passed into, later revealed as a dreamscape. "Jabberwocky" is considered one of the greatest nonsense poems written in English. Its playful, whimsical language has given us nonsense words and neologisms such as "galumphing" and "chortle".


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