noun, often attributive
jun·​gle | \ ˈjəŋ-gəl How to pronounce jungle (audio) \

Definition of jungle

1a : an impenetrable thicket or tangled mass of tropical vegetation
b : a tract overgrown with thickets or masses of vegetation
2a(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
3 : electronic dance music that combines elements of techno, reggae, and hip-hop and is marked especially by an extremely fast beat
4 : a hobo camp

Other Words from jungle

junglelike \ ˈjəŋ-​gə(l)-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jungle (audio) \ adjective
jungly \ ˈjəŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jungle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jungle in a Sentence

life in the corporate jungle It's hard to succeed in the business world. It's a jungle out there. a jungle of environmental laws
Recent Examples on the Web Mariquita, who’d been forced to work as a personal servant to a Japanese officer, was last seen being severely beaten and then taken into the jungle. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 1 Aug. 2022 After a hair-raising foray into the jungle, the congregation established a new settlement named Hebron. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Bound by chalky limestone walls chiseled into layer-cake-like formations, the ecozone inside the mini Mogollon Rim gorge transforms from a sunny, lightly wooded mesa into a jungle of greenery. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2022 Then, in circumstances that have yet to be clarified, the men were taken into the jungle, and their bodies were dismembered and buried. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 28 June 2022 Obsessed with finding a lost, ancient city, Fawcett leaves his family behind, although he is later joined by his son for dangerous expeditions into the jungle. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 1 June 2022 Want to hide from the hustle and bustle of touristy Tulum and disappear into the jungle of the popular Mexican destination? Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2022 In rural areas, the military has bombed rebel strongholds and torched villages, driving thousands of people into the jungle. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Designed with privacy in mind, the homes allow occupants to connect with nature while soaking in the vistas of the surrounding jungle, the mountains and the water. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 25 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jungle

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for jungle

Hindi jaṅgal & Urdu jangal forest, from Sanskrit jaṅgala desert region

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“Jungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jungle. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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jun·​gle | \ ˈjəŋ-gəl How to pronounce jungle (audio) \

Kids Definition of jungle

1 : a thick or tangled growth of tropical plants The explorers hacked at the jungle to clear a path.
2 : a large area of land usually in a tropical region covered with a thick tangled growth of plants

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