Definition of jumbo in English:
noun (plural jumbos)
- 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.
- 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
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.
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