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jumble

[juhm-buh l]
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verb (used with object), jum·bled, jum·bling.
  1. to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
  2. to confuse mentally; muddle.
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verb (used without object), jum·bled, jum·bling.
  1. to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
  2. to meet or come together confusedly.
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noun
  1. a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
  2. a confused mixture; medley.
  3. a state of confusion or disorder.
  4. Also jum·bal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
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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

Synonyms

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7. muddle, hodgepodge; farrago, gallimaufry; mess; chaos.

Antonyms

1. separate. 7. order.
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Examples from the Web for jumble

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Historical Examples

  • Do we not nightly jumble events and personages and times and places, as these do daily?

  • For my own life was a jumble—irregular, crowded and intense.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Of all these men and the rushing world of power they lived in, I have only a jumble of memories now.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • A musician might extract some harmony from this chaos of noises, this jumble of sounds.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It was full of a jumble of newspapers, books, old clothes and underlinen, in bundles.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for jumble

jumble

verb
  1. to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
  2. (tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
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noun
  1. a disordered mass, state, etc
  2. British articles donated for a jumble sale
  3. Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
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Derived Formsjumbler, nounjumbly, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for jumble

v.

1520s, originally "to move confusedly," perhaps coined on model of stumble, tumble, etc. In 17c., it was yet another euphemism for "have sex with" (a sense first attested 1580s). Meaning "mix or confuse" is from 1540s. Related: Jumbled; jumbling.

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n.

"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.).

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