jum·​bo | \ ˈjəm-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce jumbo (audio) \
plural jumbos

Definition of jumbo

: a very large specimen of its kind

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Other Words from jumbo

jumbo adjective

Examples of jumbo in a Sentence

the winner in the contest for biggest pumpkin was a jumbo that weighed in at over a thousand pounds
Recent Examples on the Web The 6-foot-5, 230-pound jumbo pass-catcher clearly isn’t afraid of competition. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks football position-by-position signing day grades: Tight end," 16 Dec. 2020 The Cavs discovered the jumbo grouping at the end of last season, shortly before the coronavirus shutdown. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Is Cleveland Cavaliers’ big lineup of Larry Nance Jr., Andre Drummond and Kevin Love here to stay?," 10 Dec. 2020 Kelly has appeared in five games this season, mostly as a sixth offensive lineman in the Saints jumbo packages. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Saints place backup tackle Derrick Kelly on reserve/COVID list, call up Cameron Tom," 29 Nov. 2020 In his stead was a fifth-round rookie named Danny Pinter, who never played center in college and had 27 NFL snaps on his resume, most of which have come as an extra offensive lineman in the Colts jumbo sets. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts won't make excuse for Titans bludgeoning, but they deserve to be excused," 30 Nov. 2020 The finishing touch is always my favorite part: a top layer of jumbo but lightly toasted marshmallows. Vogue, "Vogue Editors on the Foods That Mean Home," 26 Nov. 2020 Coach Sean Payton said the team had to adjust a little bit to having Hurst in place of Armstead, specifically since Hurst was tabbed to play the sixth offensive line role in the team’s jumbo sets, but the overall game plan didn’t change much. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Terron Armstead does not return after leaving Saints win with an arm injury," 25 Oct. 2020 The per-pound price for to-go claws from Billy’s seafood market are $25 for medium, $30 for select, $35 for large, $49 for jumbo and $53 for colossal. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Stone crab season is under way with a mix of optimism and uncertainty under a coronavirus cloud," 16 Oct. 2020 The 6-foot-5, 215-pound jumbo athlete received his first FBS offer from New Mexico last month, but is expected to see his offer sheet increase dramatically over the coming year and is hearing from both the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. oregonlive, "Jacob Newell, 2022 Thurston DE/TE, hears from Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers during first contact day," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of jumbo

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jumbo

Jumbo, a huge elephant exhibited by P. T. Barnum

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The first known use of jumbo was in 1883

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21 Dec 2020

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“Jumbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumbo. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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Kids Definition of jumbo

: very large jumbo eggs

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