- a very large person, animal, or thing.
- jumbo jet.
- U.S. Nautical.
- 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.
- very large: the jumbo box of cereal.
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
November 22, 2014
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
November 14, 2013
This was appropriate because just like her jumbo soda, her twenty minute speech was filled with empty calories.Sarah Palin's Big Gulp of a Speech
March 16, 2013
On a jumbo screen at his election headquarters in Tampa was a huge sign screaming, “46 States to Go.”Florida Primary: Mitt Romney’s Gender Gap
February 1, 2012
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
November 16, 2011
Ay, she'd know her anywhere—by the rust on her jumbo she would—the Ligonier.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
Yet there was no better line-rider in the Panhandle than Jumbo Wilkins.
You could get that sarsaparilla across the bar at the Bird Cage, couldn't you, Jumbo?
Jumbo mentioned that he had found an A T O cow dead by a water-hole.
Jumbo pinned Wadley's arms by the elbows to prevent him from drawing a revolver.
- a very large person or thing
- (as modifier)a jumbo box of detergent
- See jumbo jet
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.