Definition of jumbo in English:



  • 1A very large person or thing.

    • ‘Smaller than you'd expect and very fragile looking compared to all the jumbos about the place.’
    • ‘Shrimp ranchero is five jumbos drenched in a stewlike spicy tomato sauce and served with thick tortillas.’
    • ‘Alternatively, a trip to a farmers' market will offer great variety from spruce (the really thin, young stuff for stir-frying) to great big jumbos.’
    • ‘Brown rather than pink, these jumbos are sculpted out of stone and they support the building.’
    • ‘If the jumbo walked away leaving the audience amused, a clown who imitated a rag doll to perfection, left everyone truly amazed.’
    • ‘Sell a ticket at any price, just don't leave a jumbo idle.’
    • ‘To playback sounds of galloping, roaring and trumpeting, the horses, lions and jumbos enthralled the parents who had a tough time to spot their tots in the masked group.’
    • ‘The presence of the jumbos created terror among the villagers and they fled.’
    • ‘With the jumbos invading the fringe villages during nights, villagers are spending sleepless nights to save themselves, forget about saving their crops and habitations.’
    • ‘Once in the containers, an injection of antidote gets the jumbos back up on wobbly feet.’
    monster, brute, beast, giant, colossus, mountain, behemoth, leviathan, mammoth, monstrosity
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    1. 1.1 A very large airliner (originally and specifically a Boeing 747).
      • ‘The two pilots of the jumbo had escaped before the hijackers had reached the cockpit, making it impossible to fly the plane.’
      • ‘Rising high in the ranks of the company, he soon made Captain just after first flying a jumbo jet like the Boeing 747, for example.’
      • ‘He offered cash for time on a flight simulator, learning how to handle a jumbo jet, but did not want to learn how to take off and land.’
      • ‘‘We now have the ability to process the passengers of four jumbo jets simultaneously at the airport,’ he said.’
      • ‘That is equal to two fully loaded Boeing 747 jumbo jets!’
      • ‘Smaller and more versatile aircraft reduce financial and operational risks to airlines, particularly in economic downturns, compared to jumbo jets, he adds.’
      • ‘Lightplane pilots are faced with virtually the same decision-making tasks as are captains of jumbo jets.’
      • ‘The 12-year-old carrier says it may expand its fleet of 35 jumbo jets and freighters.’
      • ‘In his time, Ken has seen his work adorn everything from gable end walls in his home town to the jumbo jets of the Virgin airline.’
      • ‘The Department of Transport's latest air accident investigation report reveals details of incidents involving three jumbo jets last year at Heathrow Airport.’
      • ‘He said there was no indication that the super jumbos, which will seat more than 550 people, would use Dublin Airport regularly.’
      • ‘European Aviation, which based three jumbo jets at Manchester and had regular holiday flights to Florida, has announced plans to axe 560 jobs.’
      • ‘Next time you're at the airport look at a jumbo jet such as the B - 747 or B - 777.’
      • ‘Civil transport aircraft, ranging from small turboprops to jumbo jets, move people and goods all over the world.’
      • ‘Several times a week a Singapore Airlines jumbo leaves Dublin with spare capacity which could accommodate additional high-value, fast-moving consumer goods or components.’
      • ‘The map is missing the whole continent of Antarctica, even though the airline's jumbos are regularly chartered in summer for tourist overflights of Antarctica's coastline.’
      • ‘This allowed the Federal Aviation Administration to develop rules for safe spacing between jumbos and smaller aircraft, rules still in effect today.’
      • ‘By the 1970s, they were thought to be vulnerable to Soviet missiles and were supplemented by converted civil airliners, now 747 jumbo jets.’
      • ‘But most importantly I don't want it be something that sounds like a jumbo jet taking off.’
      • ‘The Boeing jumbo was insured for $1.75 billion, and the company has a cash hoard of more than $1 billion.’


  • attributive Very large.

    ‘a jumbo pad’
    • ‘This is not the time to use jumbo shrimp, small ones will be better here.’
    • ‘Although it is not necessary to soak porridge oats (regular or whole / jumbo oats), it makes for quicker cooking in the morning if you do.’
    • ‘The single contaminated batch, consisting of 16 jumbo boxes of chicken weighing 54 kg each was destroyed by department officials.’
    • ‘Extensions for the standard and jumbo boxes are available in several heights, including a 6-inch standard box for shallow installations.’
    • ‘And just how many calories are in that jumbo smoothie?’
    • ‘The fee for jumbo passports containing 60 pages has gone up.’
    • ‘The seafood section is quite exhaustive and includes jumbo prawns.’
    • ‘They're the kind where one end is a plug and the other end is a socket, so they all become one jumbo string of lights.’
    • ‘There are two very giant jumbo television screens here in New York City.’
    • ‘But that's if anyone reads this huge jumbo paragraph.’
    • ‘The main courses with accompaniments included grilled lobster, jumbo prawns, beef wellington, assorted kebabs and vegetable au gratin.’
    • ‘It's like a huge jumbo version and even acts the same, drawing moisture to the center of the pad.’
    • ‘Anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people saw our show in the hall, and uncounted others witnessed it on jumbo video screens scattered around the Olympic Village.’
    • ‘I also propose to reduce the basic customs duty on colour positive films in jumbo rolls and colour negative films in rolls of certain sizes from 15% to 5%.’
    • ‘Last week, about 1,500 jumbo squid washed up dead on the shores of Orange County in California.’
    • ‘But did you try watching it after 2 jumbo margaritas?’
    • ‘Did I realise that jumbo rolls of gift-wrap are three-for-the-price-of-two?’
    • ‘I ordered the grilled king prawn & jumbo scallop and the house signature crispy sausage pizza.’
    • ‘A group of enterprising Sri Lankans are taking their recycling business to jumbo heights - by turning elephant dung into paper.’
    • ‘But the trend toward jumbo dogs doesn't quite explain why the Labrador retriever is far more popular than other big breeds.’
    large, sizeable, of considerable size, substantial, considerable, great, huge, immense, enormous, extensive, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, prodigious, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, mighty, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, epic, mountainous, megalithic, monstrous, brobdingnagian
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Early 19th century (originally of a person): probably the second element of mumbo jumbo. Originally denoting a large and clumsy person, the term was popularized as the name of an elephant at London Zoo, sold in 1882 to the Barnum and Bailey circus.