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jungle

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noun jun·gle \ˈjəŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of jungle

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  an impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of tropical vegetation b :  a tract overgrown with thickets or masses of vegetation

  2. 2 :  a hobo camp

  3. 3 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>

  4. 4 :  electronic dance music that combines elements of techno, reggae, and hip-hop and is marked especially by an extremely fast beat

jun·gle·like play \-gə(l)-ˌlīk\ adjective
jun·gly play \-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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