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.


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 for jumble

Antonyms for jumble

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

Contemporary Examples of jumbled

Historical Examples of jumbled

  • I know that it's willingly offered, but we should be too warm all jumbled up together.


    Emile Zola

  • He was speaking so rapidly that the words were jumbled together.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If I were Joseph, I should not be quite unconcerned about that jumbled estimation.

    A Rent In A Cloud

    Charles James Lever

  • In other cases the words are jumbled and confused, especially if long and difficult.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • The voices that came down to them were jumbled, faint, indistinguishable.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for jumbled



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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Word Origin and History for jumbled



"a confused mixture," 1660s, from 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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