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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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Examples for jumbles
  • In arid areas or under high cliffs, these are generally exposed jumbles of fallen rock.
British Dictionary definitions for jumbles

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 jumbles
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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