Mumbo Jumbo

Definition of Mumbo Jumbo

Mum´bo Jum´bo
n.1.Among the Mandingos of the western Sudan, a bugbear by means of which the women are terrified and disciplined by societies of the men, one of whom assumes a masquerade for the purpose; hence, loosely, any Negro idol, fetish, or bugaboo.
The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded.
- Dickens.
2.An object of superstitious homage and fear.
3.Incomprehensible or senseless language, usually intended to avoid answering plainly, confuse a listener, or obscure an issue.
4.Language so arcane or obscure as to be unintelligible to the listener.

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