Definition of jumbo in English:

jumbo

Line breaks: jumbo
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌmbəʊ
 
/
informal

noun (plural jumbos)

  • 1A very large person or thing.
    More 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).
    More 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.

adjective

[attributive] Back to top  
  • 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.

Origin

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.

More definitions of jumbo

Definition of jumbo in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space