garble

[gahr-buhl]
verb (used with object), garbled, garbling.
1.
to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble: to garble instructions.
2.
to make unfair or misleading selections from or arrangement of (fact, statements, writings, etc.); distort: to garble a quotation.
3.
Archaic. to take out the best of.
noun
4.
the act or process of garbling.
5.
an instance of garbling; a garbled phrase, literary passage, etc.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English garbelen to remove refuse from spices < Old Italian garbellare to sift < Arabic gharbala < Late Latin crībellāre, derivative of crībellum, diminutive of Latin crībrum sieve (see -elle); probably influenced by garboil

garbleable, adjective
garbler, noun
ungarbled, adjective
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garble (ˈɡɑːbəl)
 
vb
1.  to jumble (a story, quotation, etc), esp unintentionally
2.  to distort the meaning of (an account, text, etc), as by making misleading omissions; corrupt
3.  rare to select the best part of
 
n
4.  a.  the act of garbling
 b.  garbled matter
 
[C15: from Old Italian garbellare to strain, sift, from Arabic gharbala, from ghirbāl sieve, from Late Latin crībellum small sieve, from crībrum sieve]
 
'garbler
 
n

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Word Origin & History

garble
early 15c., from Anglo-Fr. garbeler "to sift," from M.L. and It. garbellare, from Arabic gharbala "to sift and select spices," related to kirbal "sieve," perhaps from L. cribellum, dim. of cribrum "sieve" (see crisis). A widespread word among Mediterranean traders; sense
of "mix up, confuse, distort language" first recorded 1680s. Related: Garbled; garbling.
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Example sentences
You're right that he did garble the joke a bit by confusing the sisters.
The second announcement, five minutes later, was straight garble.
Movement interfered with the signals, so that even an eyebrow twitch could garble the brain impulses.
Also, transmission anomalies might garble a small percentage of fingerprints during transmission.
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