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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 of jumble
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.
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  • At his worst, Kalir is very bad indeed; his style is then a jumble of words, his meaning obscure and even unintelligible.

  • Do we not nightly jumble events and personages and times and places, as these do daily?

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • A jumble of packing-cases with something twisted in a corner to signify a bleat.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • A musician might extract some harmony from this chaos of noises, this jumble of sounds.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Say you went to a jumble sale and bought it; you paid one-and-twopence-halfpenny for it.

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
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
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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.).

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