jungle

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

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Other Words from jungle

junglelike \ ˈjəŋ-​gə(l)-​ˌlīk How to pronounce junglelike (audio) \ adjective
jungly \ ˈjəŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jungly (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
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At least not this week, when toasty temps in the high 80s and low 90s inspired me to look for city fountains that add a refreshing note to the concrete jungle. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "Fountains give a splash of relief from Seattle’s hot weather," 10 Aug. 2018 Or Jil Sander’s cream tote, which, perfectly sized for towels or a laptop, can go from seaside to concrete jungle. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Summer Whites to Take Into Fall," 10 Aug. 2018 Finish your day job in the Loop's concrete jungle, then head out to the neon wilderness for a drink. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 New Yorkers can escape the concrete jungle with free visits to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Queens Botanical Garden. Cailey Rizzo, Smithsonian, "This Friday, You Can Visit More Than 150 of the Best Gardens in the U.S. for Free," 10 May 2018 There is no cellphone service or electricity in the jungle so bring a power pack for charging. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Cushy furniture, layers of plush rugs, and a jungle of plants also populate the space. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 All in all, the aesthetics are meant to convey stumbling upon the remnants of a plane crash on some remote, desolate island jungle. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s tiki bar to end all tiki bars is quietly brooding in Duboce Triangle," 21 June 2018 Kathleen Turner plays a dowdy romance novelist who, after her sister is kidnapped by thugs in the Colombian jungle, discovers her own life is in danger and must bring a treasure map to her sister’s captors. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017

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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

noun
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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