Origin of jumblefrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French jumel, gemel (Fr jumeau), twin: see gimbal
A child lays in a jumble of toys.
- The definition of a jumble is a mixed combination of items, or a type of thin, ring shaped, sugared cookie.
- An example of a jumble is a mix of small toys in the middle of a playroom floor.
- An example of a jumble is a circular cookie with lots of sugar.
- Jumble is defined as to confuse something or to mix something up.
An example of jumble is to mix up a bunch of letter tiles before the start of a Scrabble game.
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to mix in a confused, disorderly heap
- to confuse mentally
Origin of jumbleuncertain or unknown; perhaps blend of jump + tumble
- a confused mixture or heap
- a muddle
- Brit. rummage salein full jumble sale
verbjum·bled, jum·bling, jum·bles
- To mix in a confused way; throw together carelessly: jumble socks in a heap.
- To muddle; confuse: The rapid-fire questioning jumbled the witness's thoughts.
- A confused or disordered mass: a jumble of paper scraps.
- A disordered state; a muddle: receipts in a jumble.
Origin of jumbleOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present jumbles, present participle jumbling, simple past and past participle jumbled)
- He followed her up a jumble of rocks to the top of the ridge.
- "It still just looks like jumble of letters and numbers," Dean said as he read the first portion.
- He took her hand and led her across the camp, heading for a jumble of rocks.
- She stared at the door, a confused jumble of emotions burning her eyes.
- She hurried after him, glancing nervously at the jumble of rocks and trees.