American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An unusually large person, animal, or thing.
- adj. Unusually large: jumbo shrimp; a jumbo jet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very large individual of its kind or class.
- n. Any large, cumbersome machine; in particular, a home-made windmill built for lifting water for irrigation on the Great Plains.
- n. In the West Indies, same as mumbo-jumbo. In the form jumby it is used in various compounds.
- adj. Especially large or powerful.
- n. An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing.
- n. A popular name for an elephant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Very large.
- n. Any object which is a very large example of its class.
- adj. of great mass; huge and bulky
- After Jumbo, a large elephant exhibited by P.T. Barnum, probably from slang, clumsy person. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“David Wondrich, an American cocktail historian, speculated in Esquire magazine that it may have been named after P.T. Barnum's famous elephant, which gave rise to the word jumbo as a synonym for huge.”
“He says, flatly, that the jumbo is the greatest big-game animal on earth, and that he loved to hunt them.”
“If you have what they call a jumbo loan, you could get help from the economic stimulus package.”
“This rambling mumbo jumbo is beyond irrational, to say the least.”
“My take on all this macro mumbo jumbo is we have ourselves a good working market in terms of valuation and volatility.”
“Used to obsequious mumbo-jumbo from the Japanese political class, these critics apparently found it hard to swallow the straight talk about America's shortcomings as an economic model or about the relative decline of American power noted in the essay.”
“It refuses to accept that religious mumbo-jumbo is not our authority.”
“Those logophiles and trivia buffs among us might be interested in the origin of the word jumbo, as in the term mortgage professionals use to describe large loans over $417,000.”
“Where did the name jumbo loan originate and are these type of rates different than other types of loans?”
“We cannot guarantee, and assume no responsibility for verifying, the accuracy of the information provided by other users of the Service.” and “at best gives you an illusion of protection from lawsuits and often mean little in court” correct?? the legal mumbo jumbo is the same, different verbiage ..”
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