noun, often attributive \ˈjəŋ-gəl\

: a tropical forest where plants and trees grow very thickly

: a harsh or dangerous place or situation in which people struggle for survival or success

: a confusing or complex mixture of things

Full Definition of JUNGLE

a :  an impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of tropical vegetation
b :  a tract overgrown with thickets or masses of vegetation
:  a hobo camp
a (1) :  a confused or disordered mass of objects :  jumble (2) :  something that baffles or frustrates by its tangled or complex character :  maze <the jungle of housing laws — Bernard Taper>
b :  a place of ruthless struggle for survival <the city is a jungle where no one is safe after dark — Stuart Chase>
:  electronic dance music that combines elements of techno, reggae, and hip-hop and is marked especially by an extremely fast beat
jun·gle·like \-gə(l)-ˌlīk\ adjective
jun·gly \-g(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of JUNGLE

  1. life in the corporate jungle
  2. It's hard to succeed in the business world. It's a jungle out there.
  3. a jungle of environmental laws

Origin of JUNGLE

Hindi jaṅgal & Urdu jangal forest, from Sanskrit jaṅgala desert region
First Known Use: 1776

Rhymes with JUNGLE


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