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jumble

[juhm-buh l] /ˈdʒʌm bəl/
verb (used with object), jumbled, jumbling.
1.
to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order:
You've jumbled up all the cards.
2.
to confuse mentally; muddle.
verb (used without object), jumbled, jumbling.
3.
to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
4.
to meet or come together confusedly.
noun
5.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass:
a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
6.
a confused mixture; medley.
7.
a state of confusion or disorder.
8.
Also, jumbal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
Origin of jumble
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble
Related forms
jumblement, noun
jumbler, noun
jumblingly, adverb
unjumbled, adjective
Synonyms
7. muddle, hodgepodge; farrago, gallimaufry; mess; chaos.
Antonyms
1. separate. 7. order.
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  • I know that it's willingly offered, but we should be too warm all jumbled up together.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • 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 Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • The voices that came down to them were jumbled, faint, indistinguishable.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Only a telepath like the doctor could have followed my jumbled ideas.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • And away, and away, and away they rumbled and jumbled to the cars.

  • A jumbled mass of precipitous hills and canyons confronted her.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for jumbled

jumble

/ˈdʒʌmbəl/
verb
1.
to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
noun
3.
a disordered mass, state, etc
4.
(Brit) articles donated for a jumble sale
5.
Also called jumbal. a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Derived Forms
jumbler, noun
jumbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for jumbled

jumble

n.

"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.).

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.

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