[ juhm-buhl ]
/ ˈdʒʌm bəl /
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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.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
a confused mixture; medley.
a state of confusion or disorder.
Also jumbal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
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Origin of jumble
1520–30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble
OTHER WORDS FROM jumblejum·ble·ment, nounjumbler, nounjum·bling·ly, adverbun·jum·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jumble
/ (ˈdʒʌmbəl) /
to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
(tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
a disordered mass, state, etc
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Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Derived forms of jumblejumbler, nounjumbly, adjective
Word Origin for jumble
C16: of uncertain origin
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