nonsense

Nonsense is stuff that sounds like language but doesn't have any meaning, like the phrase higgledy-piggledy-po, or fwumphy-doo. The most famous nonsense poem is Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."

Nonsense means exactly what it sounds like: not containing a lick of sense. Nonsense words are made up. But sometimes if you say something in a really confusing way, people will say you're speaking nonsense: even though you're using normal words, you don't make any sense. Sometimes people will dismiss ideas that they don't like by calling them nonsense, but you might know better. Little household knick-knacks that have no purpose are also called nonsense.

Definitions of nonsense
  1. noun
    a message that seems to convey no meaning
    synonyms: bunk, hokum, meaninglessness, nonsensicality
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    absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness
    a message whose content is at variance with reason
    amphigory, nonsense verse
    nonsensical writing (usually verse)
    balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle
    trivial nonsense
    buzzword, cant
    stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
    cobblers
    nonsense
    crock
    nonsense; foolish talk
    fa la, fal la
    meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
    gibber, gibberish
    unintelligible talking
    incoherence, incoherency, unintelligibility
    nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
    jabberwocky
    nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
    flummery, mummery
    meaningless ceremonies and flattery
    empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric
    loud and confused and empty talk
    rigamarole, rigmarole
    a set of confused and meaningless statements
    schmegegge, shmegegge
    (Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
    hooey, poppycock, stuff, stuff and nonsense
    senseless talk
    baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle
    pretentious or silly talk or writing
    word salad
    jumble of incoherent speech as sometimes heard in schizophrenia
    abracadabra
    gibberish and nonsense
    babble, babbling, lallation
    gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
    blather, blatherskite
    foolish gibberish
    double Dutch
    an incomprehensible talk
    double talk
    deliberately unintelligible gibberish
    gabble, jabber, jabbering
    rapid and indistinct speech
    mumbo jumbo
    language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  2. noun
    ornamental objects of no great value
    synonyms: falderol, folderal, frill, gimcrack, gimcrackery, trumpery
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    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
  3. adjective
    having no intelligible meaning
    nonsense syllables”
    synonyms: nonsensical
    meaningless, nonmeaningful
    having no meaning or direction or purpose
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