Definition of jumble in English:


Syllabification: jum·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈjəmbəl


  • 1An untidy collection or pile of things: the books were in a chaotic jumble
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    • Most had been sketchily catalogued, but many of the boxes seemed to be hastily packed jumbles of everything from cocktail napkins and concert programs to medical reports.
    • It was more a small room, and it contained jumbles of clothes.
    • They made tracks, piling up the jumble on either side.
  • 1.1British Articles collected for a jumble sale.
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    • Fund-raiser Elizabeth Sykes said that while youngsters could collect jumble with their parents, other volunteer helpers now had to undergo a police check.
    • Fate intervened in the form of a neighbour collecting jumble who just so happened to be a qualified knitter - and had a whole slew of like-minded friends.
    • St Sampsons Social Centre for Old People, in Church Street, was rented out on Mondays to local causes so they could hold table-top fundraising sales of jumble and bric-a-brac.


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  • Mix up in a confused or untidy way: a drawer full of letters jumbled together
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    • But all of it is jumbled together in a way that at the end the reader is left empty, if amused.
    • He noticed his sword was leaning on a guardrail instead of being jumbled together with all the rest.
    • I'm still mad, and angry, and I'm jumbling things up, but I don't care.
    mix up, muddle up, disarrange, disorganize, disorder, put in disarray


early 16th century: probably symbolic.

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