[ juhm-buhl ]
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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.

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.

  1. a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.

  2. a confused mixture; medley.

  1. a state of confusion or disorder.

  2. Also jumbal . a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.

Origin of jumble

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

Other words for jumble

Opposites for jumble

Other words from jumble

  • jum·ble·ment, noun
  • jumbler, noun
  • jum·bling·ly, adverb
  • un·jum·bled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for jumble


/ (ˈdʒʌmbəl) /

  1. to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder

  2. (tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle

  1. a disordered mass, state, etc

  2. British articles donated for a jumble sale

  1. Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped

Origin of jumble

C16: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of jumble

  • jumbler, noun
  • jumbly, adjective

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