verb (used with object), gar·bled, gar·bling.
Origin of garble
Examples from the Web for garble
His voice is now shriller, the sobbing more pathetic, and the words begin to garble as he swallows water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He may refuse to publish improper articles, but he may not garble and misrepresent them without incurring reproof.
He is of the same opinion to the end, you see, although he has been obliged to cloak and garble that opinion for political ends.Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson
At Garble's, that nightly resort of titled rips and roysterers, he usually spent the early hours of his evenings.The Happy Hypocrite|Max Beerbohm
I had rather consult the papers for myself: for I should not garble them, taking just what suited me, but should read the whole.
At the very least, if he must garble, let him garble rhythmically, and not add splay feet to spoiled force.
British Dictionary definitions for garble
- the act of garbling
- garbled matter
Word Origin for garble
Word Origin and History for garble
early 15c., "to inspect and remove refuse from (spices)," from Anglo-French garbeler "to sift" (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic gharbala "to sift and select spices," related to kirbal "sieve," perhaps from Late Latin cribellum, diminutive of Latin cribrum "sieve" (see crisis). Apparently a widespread word among Mediterranean traders (cf. Italian garbellare, Spanish garbillo); sense of "mix up, confuse, distort language" (by selecting some things and omitting others) first recorded 1680s. Related: Garbled; garbling.