Definition of jumbo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjəmbō/

noun (plural jumbos)

1A very large person or thing.
Example sentences
  • With the jumbos invading the fringe villages during nights, villagers are spending sleepless nights to save themselves, forget about saving their crops and habitations.
  • Alternatively, a trip to a farmers' market will offer great variety from spruce (the really thin, young stuff for stir-frying) to great big jumbos.
  • To playback sounds of galloping, roaring and trumpeting, the horses, lions and jumbos enthralled the parents who had a tough time to spot their tots in the masked group.
1.1 (also jumbo jet) A very large airliner (originally and specifically a Boeing 747).
Example sentences
  • The map is missing the whole continent of Antarctica, even though the airline's jumbos are regularly chartered in summer for tourist overflights of Antarctica's coastline.
  • By the 1970s, they were thought to be vulnerable to Soviet missiles and were supplemented by converted civil airliners, now 747 jumbo jets.
  • In his time, Ken has seen his work adorn everything from gable end walls in his home town to the jumbo jets of the Virgin airline.


Very large: a jumbo pad
More example sentences
  • But that's if anyone reads this huge jumbo paragraph.
  • There are two very giant jumbo television screens here in New York City.
  • A group of enterprising Sri Lankans are taking their recycling business to jumbo heights - by turning elephant dung into paper.


Early 19th century (originally of a person): probably the second element of mumbo jumbo. Originally denoting a large and clumsy person, the term was popularized as the name of an elephant at London Zoo, sold in 1882 to the Barnum and Bailey circus.

  • In the early 19th century jumbo was applied to a large and clumsy person. The word became well known when it was used as a name for an elephant at London Zoo. He was sold to the Barnum and Bailey circus in 1882, despite massive public protest. Since 1964 it has referred to a large jet airliner, in particular the Boeing 747.

Words that rhyme with jumbo

Colombo, dumbo, gumbo, mumbo-jumbo, umbo

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Syllabification: jum·bo

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