verb (used with object), garbled, garbling.
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.

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 Unabridged
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garble (ˈɡɑːbəl)
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
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]

garbled (ˈɡɑːbəld)
jumbled or unclear because of distortion or omissions

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Word Origin & History

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
At best, this garbled film is a study in unmotivated behavior.
Occasionally, a sentence is so garbled that it is impossible to decipher.
Their prose is larded with clichés and garbled with gobbledegook.
The on-board recordings from the mission are often garbled and out of
  chronological order, but exciting nonetheless.
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