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Definitions for mumbo jumbo
ˈmʌm boʊ ˈdʒʌm boʊmum·bo jum·bo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mumbo jumbonoun

    language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion


  1. Mumbo Jumbonoun

    Incomprehensible or senseless language, usually intended to avoid answering plainly, confuse a listener, or obscure an issue.

  2. Mumbo Jumbonoun

    Language so arcane or obscure as to be unintelligible to the listener.


  1. mumbo jumbonoun

    A deity or other supernatural being said to have been worshipped by certain West African peoples; an idol.

  2. mumbo jumbonoun

    Any object of superstition; religious words and/or actions which are seen as superstitious or fraudulent.

  3. mumbo jumbonoun

    Any confusing or meaningless speech; nonsense, gibberish.

  4. Etymology: Probably from maamajomboo.


  1. mumbo jumbo

    Mumbo jumbo is a term used to describe language, text, or speech that is unintelligible, overly complicated, filled with jargon, or meaningless. It's often used to criticize confusing or indecipherable talk, particularly when it is intended to obscure, mislead, or impress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mumbo Jumbo

    an object of superstitious homage and fear

  2. Etymology: [Perh. fr. the native name of an African god.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mumbo jumbo

    A strange minister of so-called justice on the Gold Coast, who is usually dressed up for the purpose of frightening women and children. He is the arbiter of domestic strife.

Editors Contribution

  1. mumbo jumbo

    A Minecraft YouTuber.

    Submitted by kdubred on May 4, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mumbo jumbo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mumbo jumbo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mumbo jumbo in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    Project Fear is really working on them. They’re terrified of this nonsense. It’s all mumbo jumbo.

  2. Boris Johnson:

    What they don't want is friction at the border, they don't want any interruption of the economy. So they're sacrificing all the medium - and long-term gains out of fear of short term disruption, they're terrified of this nonsense. It's all total mumbo jumbo.

  3. Tom Peters:

    We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo... excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    The UK generally has a great record on fighting measles, but for the first time we're suddenly going in the wrong direction, i'm afraid people have just been listening to that superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff, and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That's wrong, please get your kids vaccinated.

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