verb (used with object), gar·bled, gar·bling.
- garbage man,
- garbage truck,
- garbo, greta,
- garboard strake
Origin of garble
Examples from the Web for garbled
Ninety-Sixth Street marks the first delay of the trip, the cause of which is lost in a garbled announcement from the conductor.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was such poor quality that even Spencer admits you could only hear “every fifth world” and that it was all “garbled.”Did Sexpot Schoolteacher Pamela Smart Hire Teens to Kill Her Husband?|Marlow Stern|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he did engage, his answers were garbled to the point of incomprehensibility.
He was an auditor of Josephine's Read's garbled story of our church-yard adventure; he had heard a true statement from me.Alone|Marion Harland
Bits and snatches had filtered through, garbled and incoherent, that had tried to shed light yet could not.The Sex Life of the Gods|Michael Knerr
Garbled versions of the truth ran excitement up to hot-blood heat.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
She acknowledges that the work has been "garbled, misrepresented, scandalously ill-treated."Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)|Julia Ward Howe
The story will get across to the Germans in some garbled form; 'Smith off crumpet,' or something of that sort.
- the act of garbling
- garbled matter
Word Origin 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.