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jumble

[ juhm-buhl ]
/ ˈdʒʌm bəl /
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verb (used with object), jum·bled, jum·bling.

to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
to confuse mentally; muddle.

verb (used without object), jum·bled, jum·bling.

to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
to meet or come together confusedly.

noun

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Origin of jumble

1520–30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble

OTHER WORDS FROM jumble

jum·ble·ment, nounjumbler, nounjum·bling·ly, adverbun·jum·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jumble

jumble
/ (ˈdʒʌmbəl) /

verb

to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
(tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle

noun

a disordered mass, state, etc
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Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped

Derived forms of jumble

jumbler, nounjumbly, adjective

Word Origin for jumble

C16: of uncertain origin
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