[ juhng-guh l ]
/ ˈdʒʌŋ gəl /


Origin of jungle

1770–80; < Hindi jaṅgal < Pali, Prakrit jaṅgala rough, waterless place

Related forms

jun·gled, adjectiveun·der·jun·gle, noun

Definition for jungle (2 of 2)

Jungle, The


a novel (1906) by Upton Sinclair.
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British Dictionary definitions for jungle


/ (ˈdʒʌŋɡəl) /


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

Derived Forms

jungly, adjective

Word Origin for jungle

C18: from Hindi jangal, from Sanskrit jāngala wilderness
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Idioms and Phrases with jungle


see law of the jungle.

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