verb (used with object), jumbled, jumbling.
to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
to confuse mentally; muddle.
verb (used without object), jumbled, jumbling.
to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
to meet or come together confusedly.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
a confused mixture; medley.
a state of confusion or disorder.
Also, jumbal. a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.

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)
1.  to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
2.  (tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
And, after pages of jumbled and unconvincing argument, she began to understand
  what she was writing.
They may appear jumbled, but people who worked together and died together are
  grouped together.
Eventually it will end up as a few jumbled letters that at totally meaningless
  to all.
Her legs were swollen, her toenails had grown into claws and her bedroom was so
  jumbled even the mice were confounded.
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