Definition of garble in English:

garble

Syllabification: gar·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈɡärbəl
 
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verb

[with object]
Reproduce (a message, sound, or transmission) in a confused and distorted way: the connection was awful and kept garbling his voice (as adjective garbled) I got a garbled set of directions
More example sentences
  • His voice sounds somewhat garbled in those recordings.
  • He called, his voice garbled by the sound of hammering and drilling.
  • Canadian voters spoke but, once again, the voting system garbled the message.
Synonyms
mix up, muddle, jumble, confuse, obscure, distort, scramble; misstate, misquote, misreport, misrepresent, mistranslate, misinterpret, misconstrue, twist

noun

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A garbled account or transmission.
More example sentences
  • Repeated attempts to contact the Sol System have been met only with static and nonsensical garbles.
  • On the surface, the Violettes' debut album follows a well-tested formula for soundscape pop: her delicate voice soaks in a bath of fuzzy guitars, droning cello, and the garble of vocal samples run backward.
  • Language is employed as a formative element of the rhythm and music, but all a garble of German phrases, English sentence fragments, hissing, and hiccuping.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'sift out, cleanse'): from Anglo-Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic ġarbala 'sift', perhaps from late Latin cribellare 'to sieve', from Latin cribrum 'sieve'.

Derivatives

garbler

Pronunciation: /-b(ə)lər/
noun
More example sentences
  • Chinese translators and Smithsonian Institution label-writers can be garblers.
  • Accordingly, he was not the only garbler.
  • You should initialize the garbler at the start of your program using the function set garbler that is also provided.

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