noun, often attributive
jun·gle | \ˈjəŋ-gəl \

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

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Other Words from jungle

junglelike \ˈjəŋ-gə(l)-ˌlīk \ adjective
jungly \ˈjəŋ-g(ə-)lē \ 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
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Toxic In another clever reinterpretation, Brit came out in an apple-red bodysuit with a glowing green jungle background, a sensuous Eve tempting her audience. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 HINGHAM Children’s performer and early childhood music specialist Vanessa Trien and her Jumping Monkeys rock the jungle at Wacky Wednesdays, a family concert series targeted to the early childhood demographic. BostonGlobe.com, "Outdoor sculpture, concerts, and pirates," 13 July 2018 This new three-part series documents wildlife in harsh environments, including the cold of the Arctic, the thin air of the Himalayas and the steamy jungles of South America. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "Wednesday's TV highlights: 'MasterChef' on Fox," 11 July 2018 On weekends, the squad would often go on outdoor excursions in nearby jungles. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 On weekends, the squad would often go on outdoor excursions in nearby jungles. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds," 10 July 2018 And as animals come to associate the smell of humans with rich resources, their fear of people plummets, putting them in the crosshairs of the disgruntled defenders of urban jungles. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Sarah Gish Some units have balconies that look out over an urban jungle of bridges, billboards and railroad tracks. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Saltwater pool, gym, dog spa: Tour downtown KC's new Crossroads Westside Apartments," 27 June 2018 And the logistics of getting some of it up into those jungle roads is quite a challenge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to jungle

the law of the jungle

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jun·gle | \ˈjəŋ-gəl \

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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