- 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 jumbled
I know that it's willingly offered, but we should be too warm all jumbled up together.L'Assommoir
He was speaking so rapidly that the words were jumbled together.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
If I were Joseph, I should not be quite unconcerned about that jumbled estimation.A Rent In A Cloud
Charles James Lever
In other cases the words are jumbled and confused, especially if long and difficult.Criminal Man
The voices that came down to them were jumbled, faint, indistinguishable.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
- 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 jumbled
"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.).
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.