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IPA(key): /dʒʌmbəl/

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    Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English jumbelen, alteration of jumbren, jombren, a variant of jumpren, frequentative of jumpen (to jump), equal to jump +‎ -le. More at jumber, jump, jumper.


jumble (third-person singular simple present jumbles, present participle jumbling, simple past and past participle jumbled)

  1. (transitive) To mix or confuse.
  2. (intransitive) To meet or unite in a confused way.
    I tried to study, but in my half-awake state, all of the concepts seemed to jumble together.
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jumble (countable and uncountable, plural jumbles)

  1. A mixture of unrelated things.
    • 1961 May, B. A. Haresnape, “Design on the railway: Part Three”, in Trains Illustrated, page 301:
      The bufferbeam is another factor that must be carefully considered. The buffing and coupling centre is 3ft 5½in above rail level and the beam carries not only buffers and drawgear but a jumble of train connections such as jumpers and pipes.
  2. (uncountable, Britain) Items for a rummage sale.
  3. (countable, Britain, informal) A rummage sale.
    • 1982, Hunter Davies, Flossie Teacake's Fur Coat
      "That's a nice coat," said Bella. "I used to have one like that. Got it at a jumble. But it didn't suit me. You look great in it."

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Etymology 2[edit]

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jumble (plural jumbles)

  1. (archaic) A small, thin, sugared cake, usually ring-shaped.
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