Definitions for: Mumbo Jumbo


[n] language that is unnecessarily difficult to understand
[n] a state of confusion; ritual accompanied by complicated and purposeless activity that obscures and confuses; "he engaged in the hugger-mugger of international finance"



Webster (1913) Definition: Mum"bo Jum`bo
An object of superstitious homage and fear. --Carlyle.

The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded. --Dickens.


Mum"bo Jum"bo, n. [Perh. fr. the native name of an
African god.]
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.

Synonyms: hugger-mugger

See Also: confusion, gibber, gibberish

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