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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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  • Nathalie stirred restlessly, jumbled up her pillow, and then flopped over with a sigh.

  • I know that it's willingly offered, but we should be too warm all jumbled up together.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Dinah sifted flour and jumbled egg and sugar rapidly together, with that precise carelessness which experience teaches.

    Nine Little Goslings Susan Coolidge
  • The voices that came down to them were jumbled, faint, indistinguishable.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Shovels full of jumbled rubbish were thrown up, and the odor of flesh became more pronounced.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Only a telepath like the doctor could have followed my jumbled ideas.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • As the two men shuffled across the kitchen, a heavy object dropped to the floor, interrupting their jumbled apologies.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • And away, and away, and away they rumbled and jumbled to the cars.

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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