Mum"bo Jum"bo(?), n. [Perh. fr. the native name of an African god.] 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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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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