- to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions.
- to make unfair or misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings, etc.); distort: to garble a quotation.
- Archaic. to take out the best of.
- the act or process of garbling.
- an instance of garbling; a garbled phrase, literary passage, etc.
Origin of garble
Examples from the Web for ungarbled
Historical Examples of ungarbled
A good edition should be a complete edition, ungarbled and unabridged.'The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
A good edition should be a complete edition, ungarbled and unabridged.The Private Library
Arthur L. Humphreys
The ungarbled for lesse, with directions how to use the same.Club Life of London, Volume II (of 2)
We have given the foregoing documents, full and ungarbled, that our readers might fairly judge for themselves.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
If one would have a message go sound and ungarbled, does one choose traitors and tricksters to send it by?Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
- to jumble (a story, quotation, etc), esp unintentionally
- to distort the meaning of (an account, text, etc), as by making misleading omissions; corrupt
- rare to select the best part of
- the act of garbling
- garbled matter
Word Origin for garble
early 15c., "to inspect and remove refuse from (spices)," from Anglo-French garbeler "to sift" (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic gharbala "to sift and select spices," related to kirbal "sieve," perhaps from Late Latin cribellum, diminutive of Latin cribrum "sieve" (see crisis). Apparently a widespread word among Mediterranean traders (cf. Italian garbellare, Spanish garbillo); sense of "mix up, confuse, distort language" (by selecting some things and omitting others) first recorded 1680s. Related: Garbled; garbling.