- incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia.
- another term for gift of tongues
- psychol babbling in a nonexistent language
“speaking in tongues,” 1879, from Greek glossa “tongue, language” (see gloss (n.2)) + lalia “talk, prattle, a speaking,” from lalein “to speak, prattle,” of echoic origin.
- Fabricated, nonmeaningful speech, especially associated with trances or certain schizophrenic syndromes.