jumble

[juhm-buhl]
|

verb (used with object), jum·bled, jum·bling.

to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
to confuse mentally; muddle.

verb (used without object), jum·bled, jum·bling.

to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
to meet or come together confusedly.

noun


Origin of jumble

1520–30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble
Related formsjum·ble·ment, nounjum·bler, nounjum·bling·ly, adverbun·jum·bled, adjective

Synonyms for jumble

Antonyms for jumble

1. separate. 7. order.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for unjumbled

jumble

verb

to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
(tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle

noun

a disordered mass, state, etc
British articles donated for a jumble sale
Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Derived Formsjumbler, nounjumbly, adjective

Word Origin for jumble

C16: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unjumbled

jumble

n.

"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.).

jumble

v.

1520s, originally "to move confusedly," perhaps coined on model of stumble, tumble, etc. In 17c., it was yet another euphemism for "have sex with" (a sense first attested 1580s). Meaning "mix or confuse" is from 1540s. Related: Jumbled; jumbling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper