Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mix in a confused way; throw together carelessly: jumble socks in a heap.
  • transitive v. To muddle; confuse: The rapid-fire questioning jumbled the witness's thoughts.
  • intransitive v. To be mixed in a confused way: dividers to keep the files from jumbling.
  • n. A confused or disordered mass: a jumble of paper scraps.
  • n. A disordered state; a muddle: receipts in a jumble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mix or confuse.
  • n. A mixture of unrelated things.
  • n. Items for a rummage sale.
  • n. A small, thin, sugared cake, usually ring-shaped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A confused mixture; a mass or collection without order.
  • n. A small, thin, sugared cake, usually ring-shaped.
  • intransitive v. To meet or unite in a confused way; to mix confusedly.
  • transitive v. To mix in a confused mass; to put or throw together without order; -- often followed by together or up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: often followed by together or up.
  • To stir up; arouse.
  • To meet or come together confusedly or promiscuously; be mixed up.
  • To act or work confusedly; stumble along; flounder.
  • n. A confused mixture, mass, or collection; a state of disorder or confusion.
  • n. A thin crisp cake, composed of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, flavored with lemon-peel or sweet almonds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. assemble without order or sense
  • n. a confused multitude of things
  • n. a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
  • v. be all mixed up or jumbled together
  • v. bring into random order
  • n. small flat ring-shaped cake or cookie

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • On the surface it might appear to be any other word-jumble from the subset of Japanese gaming that only two small handfuls of obsessive sub-culture fans in the West can appreciate, but again, let me assure you this is different.

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  • In the midst of this societal jumble is Albert Fish, serial killer and cannibal.

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  • Miranda Goode have found that test subjects who are reminded of money prior to engaging in a word jumble descrambling exercise exhibit more self-sufficienct orientation compared to control subjects to whom neutral language is read prior to the exercise.

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  • They didn't know what to do with the word jumble and neither did 1.

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  • It's easy to foresee a scenario where paranoid Texas or USC supporters raise similar concerns if their team winds up in a late-season national title jumble that includes an SEC power.

    CNN.com

  • The Perfect Place Contest requires players to earn the highest score on a skill-based, puzzle-based online game, similar to the word jumble games in the newspaper.

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  • Unlike other home-giveaways where contestants are required to write lengthy and subjective essays, The Perfect Place Contest requires players to earn the highest score on a skill-based, puzzle-based online game, similar to the word jumble games in the newspaper.

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  • Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, meanwhile, have a trickier path, as in figuring out how the BCS will play out looks like a word jumble next to the crossword when figuring out how the Big 12

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