[ juhng-guhl ]
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  1. a wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable, especially tropical vegetation or a tropical rainforest.

  2. a tract of such land.

  1. a wilderness of dense overgrowth; a piece of swampy, thickset forestland.

  2. any confused mass or agglomeration of objects; jumble: a jungle of wrecked automobiles.

  3. something that baffles or perplexes; maze: a jungle of legal double-talk.

  4. a scene of violence and struggle for survival: The neglected prison was a jungle for its inmates.

  5. a place or situation of ruthless competition: the advertising jungle.

  6. Slang.

    • (in historical use) a hobo camp: We found him by the campfire, with many similarly raggedy hobos in what is known as a jungle.

    • any camp of unhoused individuals: Law enforcement clears the jungle and tears down the temporary structures a few times each year, but people return and a new encampment always springs up.

Origin of jungle

First recorded in 1770–80; from Hindi jaṅgal, from Sanskrit jaṅgala “uncultivated land, dry land, waterless place”

Other words from jungle

  • jun·gled, adjective
  • un·der·jun·gle, noun

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How to use jungle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for jungle


/ (ˈdʒʌŋɡəl) /

  1. an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable

  2. any dense or tangled thicket or growth

  1. a place of intense competition or ruthless struggle for survival: the concrete jungle

  2. a type of fast electronic dance music, originating in the early 1990s, which combines elements of techno and ragga

  3. US slang (esp in the Depression) a gathering place for the unemployed, etc

Origin of jungle

C18: from Hindi jangal, from Sanskrit jāngala wilderness

Derived forms of jungle

  • jungly, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with jungle


see law of the jungle.

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