- to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
- to confuse mentally; muddle.
- to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
- to meet or come together confusedly.
- a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
- a confused mixture; medley.
- a state of confusion or disorder.
- Also jum·bal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
Origin of jumble
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Examples from the Web for jumble
A jumble of split screen video, audio snippets, on-site reporting, and commentary cut-aways followed.Up To a Point: Binge Watching Putin's Propaganda Network
P. J. O’Rourke
September 20, 2014
He poured heaps of them onto a bed and set about sorting the jumble of tiny vehicles.Sochi’s Internal Refugees
February 8, 2014
They just might get it—a jumble not just of selling points but complementary liabilities.Reanimated and Ready: The Unstoppable Huckenstein
January 31, 2014
The result is a jumble of unrelated storylines that lack cohesion and a strong throughline.‘True Blood’ Season 5: Has HBO’s Vampire Drama Lost Its Bite?
June 8, 2012
Mark McKinnon and George Caudill on the jumble that's likely to come after the caucuses.Republican Presidential Primaries: Iowa No GOP Crystal Ball
Mark McKinnon, George Caudill
December 17, 2011
Do we not nightly jumble events and personages and times and places, as these do daily?The Uncommercial Traveller
For my own life was a jumble—irregular, crowded and intense.
Of all these men and the rushing world of power they lived in, I have only a jumble of memories now.
A musician might extract some harmony from this chaos of noises, this jumble of sounds.The Book of Khalid
It was full of a jumble of newspapers, books, old clothes and underlinen, in bundles.L'Assommoir
- to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
- (tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
- a disordered mass, state, etc
- British articles donated for a jumble sale
- Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Word Origin and History for jumble
1520s, originally "to move confusedly," perhaps coined on model of stumble, tumble, etc. In 17c., it was yet another euphemism for "have sex with" (a sense first attested 1580s). Meaning "mix or confuse" is from 1540s. Related: Jumbled; jumbling.
"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.).