Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic Confusion; uproar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Confusion.
  • n. Uproar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tumult; disturbance; disorder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tumult; uproar; disorder; disturbance; commotion.
  • To throw into confusion or disorder; cause a tumult or disturbance in.

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

  • n. a state of commotion and noise and confusion

Etymologies

Obsolete French garbouil, from Old French, from Old Italian garbuglio, perhaps from Latin bullīre, to boil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Words such as "garboil" (a kind of petroleum made from trash) lend a frighteningly vital immersion into this eco-nightmare.

    SFFaudio

  • a vanishing minimum; and, but for this recent 'garboil' (as our old writers put it) we might have said that, under differences of nomenclature, all the Kirks are united at last, in the only union worth having, that of peace and goodwill.

    Historical Mysteries

  • Then in '82 there had been the Egyptian garboil I mentioned a moment ago; Joe Wolseley had asked for me point-blank, and with the press applauding and the Queen approving and Elspeth bursting into tears as I rogered her farewell, what the blazes could I do but fall in?

    Watershed

  • Giojoso fell to trembling; behind him, Rinolfo, the cause of all this garboil, stared with round big eyes; whilst my mother, all a-quiver, clutched at her bosom and looked at me fearfully, but spoke no word.

    The Strolling Saint; being the confessions of the high and mighty Agostino D'Anguissola, tyrant of Mondolfo and Lord of Carmina in the state of Piacenza

  • And even had he done so it is odds none would have heard him, for the late calm was of a sudden turned to garboil.

    Mistress Wilding

  • While they had "nourished the garboil" in Scotland, fanned the flame, they professed to believe that

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • Impertinently a barrette on muscadet and topside a gaga synchronal lomatia tippler to depersonalization the scolytidae of the estivation garboil in resale.

    Rational Review

  • “nourished the garboil” in Scotland, fanned the flame, they professed to believe that France was aiming, through Scotland, at England.

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • "The fight is fought and lost; there's an end to the garboil.

    Mistress Wilding

  • A reader lights for the first time on one of these obsolete English words, as ‘frampold’, or ‘garboil’, or ‘brangle’ {198}; he is at once conscious of his ignorance; he has recourse to a glossary, of if he guesses from the context at the word’s signification, still his guess is as a guess to him, and no more.

    English Past and Present

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