American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A magical charm or incantation having the power to ward off disease or disaster.
- n. Foolish or unintelligible talk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cabalistic word used in incantations. When written in a manner similar to that shown in the accompanying diagram, so as to be read in different directions, and worn as an amulet, it was supposed to cure certain ailments.
- n. Hence Any word-charm or empty jingle of words.
- interj. Used to indicate that a magic trick or other illusion has been performed.
- n. Complicated technicalities, jargon that one does not understand much if at all.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mystical word or collocation of letters written as in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever. At present the word is used chiefly in jest to denote something without meaning; jargon.
- n. gibberish and nonsense
- Late Latin, magical formula. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I came across another source that noted that “abracadabra is derived from an Aramaic phrase (Avarah K’Davarah) meaning, ‘I will create as I speak.’””
“It is not amiss to consider this spell of potency, this abracadabra, that is hung about the necks of the unhappy, not to heal, but to communicate disease.”
“Answer: "Say 'abracadabra' ten times while holding a rabbit's foot in the left hand at the crack of dawn.”
“Top picture, Crown Trpupe, the dance drama group performs 'abracadabra'.”
“At the sound of the snapping fingers and his hoarse-voiced "abracadabra," a dirty pot of hot and greasy stew came into existence.”
“The word Abraxas is thought by some to be the origin of the word "abracadabra", though this word also has other sources cited as being its origin.”
“The art, at least in the popular perception, has hardly changed in a century: playing cards; coins; men in their tuxedoes, assisted by scantily clad women and an utterance of "abracadabra," vanishing into thin air.”
“Can you abracadabra me a glass of milk when you do?”
“Headlines have marveled for days—Governor Gone Missing, Governor MIA—but abracadabra, here he is, smack on the wall of the waiting room, his long tan face now framed by the giant flat-screen TV.”
“Wed 11/25/09 7: 29 PM abracadabra: Are you kidding you are a Kris fan along with 90 percent of people posting here.”
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