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garble

[gahr-buh l] /ˈgɑr bəl/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Related forms
garbleable, adjective
garbler, noun
ungarbled, adjective
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Examples for garbled
  • 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.
  • It's a sloppy process, prone to garbled words and missed phrases.
  • Psych-folk weirdos roll down the street in a shopping cart singing garbled vocals into cardboard cups.
  • The few remarks he offers from the stage sound garbled and perfunctory.
  • Only if his message isn't garbled or drowned out or misunderstood will an accident be averted.
  • Unfortunately, the map coordinates were badly garbled in the growing excitement.
  • It may not help that the experts themselves sometimes send garbled messages.
British Dictionary definitions for garbled

garbled

/ˈɡɑːbəld/
adjective
1.
jumbled or unclear because of distortion or omissions

garble

/ˈɡɑːbəl/
verb (transitive)
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
noun
4.
  1. the act of garbling
  2. garbled matter
Derived Forms
garbler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old Italian garbellare to strain, sift, from Arabic gharbala, from ghirbāl sieve, from Late Latin crībellum small sieve, from crībrum sieve
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Word Origin and History for garbled
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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