[juhm-boh] Informal.
noun, plural jumbos.
a very large person, animal, or thing.
U.S. Nautical.
a forestaysail having a boom (jumbo boom) along its foot, used especially on schooners.
a sail used in place of a course on a square-rigged ship, having the form of an isosceles triangle set apex downward.
a narrow triangular sail set point downward in place of a foresail on a topsail schooner.
very large: the jumbo box of cereal.

1800–10; origin uncertain; popularized as the name of a large elephant purchased and exhibited by P.T. Barnum in 1882

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jumbo (ˈdʒʌmbəʊ)
n , pl -bos
1.  informal
 a.  a very large person or thing
 b.  (as modifier): a jumbo box of detergent
2.  See jumbo jet
[C19: after the name of a famous elephant exhibited by P. T. Barnum, from Swahili jumbe chief]

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Word Origin & History

"very large," 1897, Amer.Eng., in ref. to Jumbo, name of the London Zoo's huge elephant, sold Feb. 1882 to U.S. circus showman P.T. Barnum. The name is probably from slang jumbo "clumsy, unwieldy fellow" (1823), which itself is possibly from a word for "elephant" in a W.African language (cf. Kongo nzamba).
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