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jum·​ble ˈjəm-bəl How to pronounce jumble (audio)
jumbled; jumbling ˈjəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce jumble (audio)

intransitive verb

: to move in a confused or disordered manner

transitive verb

: to mix into a confused or disordered mass
often used with up


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noun (1)

: a mass of things mingled together without order or plan : hodgepodge
: a state of confusion
British : articles for a rummage sale


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noun (2)

: a small thin usually ring-shaped sugared cookie or cake

Examples of jumble in a Sentence

Verb the contest editor has jumbled the letters of some common words
Recent Examples on the Web
The Apple series follows much of Townsend’s account, but with the storytelling jumbled. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Funds belonging to many parties are pooled, jumbled up, and spat out into brand-new wallets, masking the origin of the coins held in each. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 But the execution was jumbled and confused, a sentiment that was neatly — and perhaps unfortunately — summarized in Smith’s outfit. Leah Dolan, CNN, 4 Mar. 2024 Inside, with a shabby-chic design, expect a refined yet charmingly jumbled aesthetic. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 29 Feb. 2024 Chronologically jumbled, the book begins and ends with some candid snaps of his latest dog, Duzi. Darryl Levings, Kansas City Star, 26 Jan. 2024 All the numbers were jumbled up, my brain just wasn't working. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 21 Feb. 2024 With the middle of the East jumbled up, the Pacers have taken a step above their competition—for now. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Jan. 2024 Nearby, an English language textbook, bits of broken furniture and a pillow with floral embroidery are jumbled together in one large pile. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024
Think of it instead as a Rube Goldberg machine, reimagining doodles as dense jumbles of steps and if-then rules. The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024 Teams are often burdened with jumbles of different KPIs that say different things, especially as operations become more complex. François Candelon, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 In just over two minutes, the song was done, and the gecs were on to more tracks, more genres, more dazzling jumbles. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 27 July 2023 The Murujuga rocks look like random jumbles of blocks with a reddish brown patina slowly built up by mineralization. Bydennis Normile, science.org, 12 May 2023 Prompt engineers can be fiercely protective of these word jumbles, seeing them as the keys to unlock AI’s most valuable prizes. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2023

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Word History



perhaps imitative

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use


circa 1529, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (1)

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jumble was circa 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Jumble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumble. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


jumbled; jumbling
: to mix in a confused mass
jumble noun

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