noun, plural jum·bos.
- a forestaysail having a boom (jumbo boom) along its foot, used especially on schooners.
- a sail used in place of a course on a square-rigged ship, having the form of an isosceles triangle set apex downward.
- a narrow triangular sail set point downward in place of a foresail on a topsail schooner.
Origin of jumbo
Examples from the Web for jumbo
As the driver bios appeared on the jumbo screen, I flashed a toothy grin after noticing that two of them were women.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They're always trying to upsell you on that jumbo popcorn bucket at the movies.‘Catching Fire’ Review: Bigger, More Polished, and Just Another Popcorn Flick|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This was appropriate because just like her jumbo soda, her twenty minute speech was filled with empty calories.
On a jumbo screen at his election headquarters in Tampa was a huge sign screaming, “46 States to Go.”
The likely delivery method for the electronic elements of this attack would be an unmanned aerial vehicle the size of a jumbo jet.Israel's Secret Iran Attack Plan: Electronic Warfare|Eli Lake|November 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Later in the morning we heard from Jumbo, who had returned from Noreuil, the full history of the weary trek in the blizzard.A Company of Tanks|W. H. L. Watson
Rob was roughly jerked to his feet and then, for the first time, became aware of Jumbo.
Fat Jack Dodd was in his glory; "Jumbo" was in the seventh heaven of bliss.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Jumbo pinned Wadley's arms by the elbows to prevent him from drawing a revolver.Oh, You Tex!|William Macleod Raine
“Do be quiet, Jumbo,” exclaimed Rob, as the inevitable protest came into evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for jumbo
noun plural -bos
- a very large person or thing
- (as modifier)a jumbo box of detergent
Word Origin for jumbo
Word Origin and History for jumbo
"very large, unusually large for its type," 1882, a reference to Jumbo, name of the London Zoo's huge elephant (acquired from France, said to have been captured as a baby in Abyssinia in 1861), sold February 1882 to U.S. circus showman P.T. Barnum amid great excitement in America and great outcry in England, both fanned by Barnum. The name is perhaps from slang jumbo "clumsy, unwieldy fellow" (1823), which itself is possibly from a word for "elephant" in a West African language (cf. Kongo nzamba).
"I tell you conscientiously that no idea of the immensity of the animal can be formed. It is a fact that he is simply beyond comparison. The largest elephants I ever saw are mere dwarfs by the side of Jumbo." [P.T. Barnum, interview, "Philadelphia Press," April 22, 1882]
As a product size, by 1886 (cigars). Jumbo jet attested by 1964.