jumble

[juhm-buhl]
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:
1520–30; perhaps blend of joll to bump (now dial.) and tumble

jumblement, noun
jumbler, noun
jumblingly, adverb
unjumbled, adjective


7. muddle, hodgepodge; farrago, gallimaufry; mess; chaos.


1. separate. 7. order.
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jumble (ˈdʒʌmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
2.  (tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
 
n
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
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
'jumbler
 
n
 
'jumbly
 
adj

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jumble
1529, 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 1582). The noun meaning "a confused mixture" is from 1661.
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Example sentences
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.
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