follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

jumble

[juhm-buh l] /ˈdʒʌm bəl/
verb (used with object), jumbled, jumbling.
1.
to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order:
You've jumbled up all the cards.
2.
to confuse mentally; muddle.
verb (used without object), jumbled, jumbling.
3.
to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
4.
to meet or come together confusedly.
noun
5.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass:
a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
6.
a confused mixture; medley.
7.
a state of confusion or disorder.
8.
Also, jumbal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble
Related forms
jumblement, noun
jumbler, noun
jumblingly, adverb
unjumbled, adjective
Synonyms
7. muddle, hodgepodge; farrago, gallimaufry; mess; chaos.
Antonyms
1. separate. 7. order.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for jumble
  • Amid the temporary jumble of books, papers and cartons, a new academic year took shape.
  • Their contents spill out in a jumble of soiled laundry.
  • The monument's history is a jumble of legend and fact.
  • The jumble of large gray bodies punctuated by pink eyes and ears made for a compelling image.
  • He might as well have been copying a meaningless jumble of lines.
  • The original kitchen was a cramped, haphazard jumble.
  • If all your genes did churn away, your body would become a hideous, useless jumble.
  • Its controls are based on more understandable brands and ad categories, rather than a jumble of obscure ad-network names.
  • Out of him comes tumbling a jumble of clichés from the radical left.
  • Otherwise the angles do not line up and a disorienting jumble results.
British Dictionary definitions for jumble

jumble

/ˈdʒʌmbəl/
verb
1.
to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
noun
3.
a disordered mass, state, etc
4.
(Brit) articles donated for a jumble sale
5.
Also called jumbal. a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
Derived Forms
jumbler, noun
jumbly, adjective
Word Origin
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for 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.

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for jumble

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for jumble

17
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with jumble