- a wild land overgrown with dense vegetation, often nearly impenetrable, especially tropical vegetation or a tropical rain forest.
- a tract of such land.
- a wilderness of dense overgrowth; a piece of swampy, thickset forestland.
- any confused mass or agglomeration of objects; jumble: a jungle of wrecked automobiles.
- something that baffles or perplexes; maze: a jungle of legal double-talk.
- a scene of violence and struggle for survival: The neglected prison was a jungle for its inmates.
- a place or situation of ruthless competition: the advertising jungle.
- Slang. a hobo camp.
Origin of jungle
- a novel (1906) by Upton Sinclair.
Examples from the Web for jungle
Over the past week, Sony Pictures Entertainment has received more body blows than Muhammad Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle.Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack
December 23, 2014
Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.Six Must-Read Stories About the Sony Hacks, Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway and Another Woman’s Story of U-VA
The Daily Beast
December 20, 2014
A Belgian church has a chalkboard sitting at the pulpit with the jungle peeking through the windows behind it.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Bibi was pregnant, and Louise delivered her baby, a boy named Christian, the same day in the jungle.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Certainly I can imagine ways of giving this jungle hero some up-to-date progressive attitudes.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
The day was sultry, and the heat, even in the dense shade of the jungle, oppressive.
"Number One has escaped into the jungle, Professor," he said.
And you have watched over me alone in the jungle for two days?
"I'd like to know how I'm going to get back through this jungle after dark," Charlie said.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a jungle, close about the door.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- an equatorial forest area with luxuriant vegetation, often almost impenetrable
- any dense or tangled thicket or growth
- a place of intense competition or ruthless struggle for survivalthe concrete jungle
- a type of fast electronic dance music, originating in the early 1990s, which combines elements of techno and ragga
- US slang (esp in the Depression) a gathering place for the unemployed, etc
Word Origin and History for jungle
1776, from Hindi jangal "desert, forest, wasteland, uncultivated ground," from Sanskrit jangala-s "arid, sparsely grown with trees," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "land overgrown by vegetation in a wild, tangled mass" is first recorded 1849; meaning "place notoriously lawless and violent" is first recorded 1906, from Upton Sinclair's novel (cf. asphalt jungle, 1949, William R. Burnett's novel title, made into a film 1950 by John Huston; blackboard jungle, 1954, Evan Hunter's novel title, movie in 1955). Jungle gym was a trademark name, 1923, by Junglegym Inc., Chicago, U.S. Jungle bunny, derogatory for "black person," attested from 1966.
Idioms and Phrases with jungle
see law of the jungle.