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garble

[ gahr-buhl ]
/ ˈgɑr bəl /
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verb (used with object), gar·bled, gar·bling.
to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions.
to make unfair or misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings, etc.); distort: to garble a quotation.
Archaic. to take out the best of.
noun
the act or process of garbling.
an instance of garbling; a garbled phrase, literary passage, etc.
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Origin of garble

1400–50; late Middle English garbelen to remove refuse from spices <Old Italian garbellare to sift <Arabic gharbala<Late Latin crībellāre, derivative of crībellum, diminutive of Latin crībrum sieve (see -elle); probably influenced by garboil

OTHER WORDS FROM garble

gar·ble·a·ble, adjectivegarbler, nounun·gar·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for garble

garble
/ (ˈɡɑːbəl) /

verb (tr)
to jumble (a story, quotation, etc), esp unintentionally
to distort the meaning of (an account, text, etc), as by making misleading omissions; corrupt
rare to select the best part of
noun
  1. the act of garbling
  2. garbled matter

Derived forms of garble

garbler, noun

Word Origin for garble

C15: from Old Italian garbellare to strain, sift, from Arabic gharbala, from ghirbāl sieve, from Late Latin crībellum small sieve, from crībrum sieve
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