I. verb (jumbled; jumbling) Etymology: perhaps imitative Date: circa 1529 intransitive verb to move in a confused or disordered manner transitive verb to mix into a confused or disordered mass — often used with up II. noun Date: 1661 1. a. a mass of things mingled together without order or plan ; hodgepodge b. a state of confusion 2. British articles for a rummage sale III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1615 a small thin usually ring-shaped sugared cookie or cake

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  • Jumble — Jum ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jumbling}.] [Prob. fr. jump, i. e., to make to jump, or shake.] To mix in a confused mass; to put or throw together without order; often followed by together or up. [1913 Webster] Why dost… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jumble — [n] hodgepodge assortment, chaos, clutter, confusion, derangement, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, farrago, gallimaufry, garbage, goulash, hash*, litter, medley, mélange, mess, miscellany, mishmash, mixture, muddle, olio, pastiche, patchwork …   New thesaurus

  • jumble — ► NOUN 1) an untidy collection of things. 2) Brit. articles collected for a jumble sale. ► VERB ▪ mix up in a confused way. ORIGIN probably symbolic …   English terms dictionary

  • jumble — jumble1 [jum′bəl] n. [< ? OFr jumel, gemel (Fr jumeau), twin: see] a kind of thin, sugared cookie shaped like a ring: also sp. jumbal jumble2 [jum′bəl] vt. jumbled, jumbling [? blend of JUMP + TUMBLE] …   English World dictionary

  • Jumble — Jum ble, v. i. To meet or unite in a confused way; to mix confusedly. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jumble — index complex (entanglement), confuse (bewilder), confuse (create disorder), discompose, entanglement ( …   Law dictionary

  • 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jumble — n *confusion, disorder, chaos, disarray, clutter, snarl, muddle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jumble — [[t]ʤʌ̱mb(ə)l[/t]] jumbles, jumbling, jumbled 1) N COUNT: usu sing, usu N of n A jumble of things is a lot of different things that are all mixed together in a disorganized or confused way. The shoreline was made up of a jumble of huge boulders …   English dictionary

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