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Meaning of MUMBO JUMBO

Pronunciation:  'mumbow'jumbow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  language that is unnecessarily difficult to understand
  2. [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"
 Synonyms: hugger-mugger
 See Also: confusion, gibber, gibberish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mum"bo Jum`bo\
    An object of superstitious homage and fear. --Carlyle.
          The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded.  --Dickens.
  2. \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.
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