a very large person, animal, or thing
Origin of jumbo; from Gullah jamba, elephant; of African origin, originally : reinforced by P. T. Barnum's use of it for his famous elephant, Jumbo
very large; larger than usual of its kind: a jumbo jet airliner
An unusually large person, animal, or thing.
Unusually large: jumbo shrimp; a jumbo jet.
Origin of jumboAfter Jumbo, a large elephant exhibited by P.T. Barnum, probably from slang, clumsy person.
- An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing.
- A popular name for an elephant.
From Jumbo, the name given to a large elephant purchased by P. T. Barnum in 1882.