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jumbo

[ juhm-boh ]

noun

, plural jum·bos.
  1. a very large person, animal, or thing.
  2. U.S. Nautical.
    1. a forestaysail having a boom jum·bo boom along its foot, used especially on schooners.
    2. a sail used in place of a course on a square-rigged ship, having the form of an isosceles triangle set apex downward.
    3. a narrow triangular sail set point downward in place of a foresail on a topsail schooner.


adjective

  1. very large:

    the jumbo box of cereal.

jumbo

/ ˈdʒʌmbəʊ /

noun

  1. informal.
    1. a very large person or thing
    2. ( as modifier )

      a jumbo box of detergent



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Word History and Origins

Origin of jumbo1

First recorded in 1800–10; origin uncertain; popularized as the name of a large elephant purchased and exhibited by P.T. Barnum in 1882
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Word History and Origins

Origin of jumbo1

C19: after the name of a famous elephant exhibited by P. T. Barnum, from Swahili jumbe chief
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Example Sentences

On jumbo screens at each end of the hall, we watch our votes being tabulated — arrived at collectively, one per table.

Such declarations are par for the course here, and their mixture of mumbo-jumbo and outright certainty is enough to make one frequently chuckle.

Cleaned of any shell, jumbo lump crab is first dredged in a mix of eggs, mayonnaise, lemon juice and hot sauce.

“Hi Mommy, Y in the sky,” he says, expecting me to respond “T in the sky”—clearly mumbo-jumbo to outsiders, though it makes perfect sense to me.

From Quartz

All the market segments covered by our subindexes increased over the month, notably government and jumbo indexes.

As the driver bios appeared on the jumbo screen, I flashed a toothy grin after noticing that two of them were women.

Please go to BobQ2014.com for details and all that attorney mumbo-jumbo.

They're always trying to upsell you on that jumbo popcorn bucket at the movies.

This was appropriate because just like her jumbo soda, her twenty minute speech was filled with empty calories.

It's really twisted and sick mumbo-jumbo to try to pass this off as part of God's plan.

He had leaped very smartly to this point of vantage, nevertheless he found Jumbo there before him, chattering worse than ever!

Had his legs been longer, Fred Greenwood would have pronounced him the equal of Jumbo himself.

Thereupon he asked me, even as you did some time ago, what I meant by Mumbo Jumbo?

Me Jumbo—come to lay breakfast, and cappen say you hab what you like ask for, especially someting nice for de young lady.

They kept up the jumbo sail, as the main jib is called; they reefed the foresail down to its smallest compass.

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