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Definition of "jumble" []

  • To mix in a confused way; throw together carelessly: jumble socks in a heap. (verb-transitive)
  • To muddle; confuse: The rapid-fire questioning jumbled the witness's thoughts. (verb-transitive)
  • To be mixed in a confused way: dividers to keep the files from jumbling. (verb-intransitive)
  • A confused or disordered mass: a jumble of paper scraps. (noun)
  • A disordered state; a muddle: receipts in a jumble. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jumble" in a sentence
  • "I read things into the words, decoded them like a word jumble in the Sunday funnies."
  • "I climbed over them to sit and type on the bed, in jumble sale exile."
  • "On the surface it might appear to be any other word-jumble from the subset of Japanese gaming that only two small handfuls of obsessive sub-culture fans in the West can appreciate, but again, let me assure you this is different."