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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
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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  • And, after pages of jumbled and unconvincing argument, she began to understand what she was writing.
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  • 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.
  • And drinks, and parties, and meal schedules that get jumbled as people try to get all the shopping done.
  • New crust forms on the subsiding molten lava with ropy, lineated, or jumbled morphologies.
  • Surface ice fractured by cracks, and jumbled crust resembling icebergs.
British Dictionary definitions for jumbled

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 jumbled

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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