verb \ˈgär-bəl\

: to cause (a word, name, message, etc.) to be unclear or confusing

gar·bledgar·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of GARBLE

transitive verb
archaic :  cull 1
:  to sift impurities from
a :  to so alter or distort as to create a wrong impression or change the meaning <garble a story>
b :  to introduce textual error into (a message) by inaccurate encipherment, transmission, or decipherment
gar·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of GARBLE

  1. <the candidate complained that his views had been deliberately garbled by his opponent>
  2. <garbled spices are less likely to contaminate a recipe>

Origin of GARBLE

Middle English garbelen, from Old Italian garbellare to sift, from Arabic gharbala, from Late Latin cribellare, from cribellum sieve; akin to Latin cernere to sift — more at certain
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with GARBLE



Definition of GARBLE

:  the impurities removed from spices in sifting
:  an act or an instance of garbling

First Known Use of GARBLE



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