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.


Nearby words

  1. julius iii,
  2. jullundur,
  3. july,
  4. jumada,
  5. jumar,
  6. jumble sale,
  7. jumbled,
  8. jumbo,
  9. jumbo jet,
  10. jumboize

Origin of jumble

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

Related formsjum·ble·ment, nounjum·bler, nounjum·bling·ly, adverbun·jum·bled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for jumble



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


a disordered mass, state, etc
British articles donated for a jumble sale
Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Derived Formsjumbler, nounjumbly, adjective

Word Origin for jumble

C16: of uncertain origin

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