Definition of jumble in US English:

jumble

noun

  • 1An untidy collection or pile of things.

    ‘the books were in a chaotic jumble’
    • ‘It was more a small room, and it contained jumbles of clothes.’
    • ‘I met them in front of the tennis courts by the jumble of parked bicycles as we had decided only to find them all wearing grim faces and frowns.’
    • ‘Even after we had become used to the fascinating jumble of treasures piled throughout the house our visits were marked by an anticipatory, nervous excitement.’
    • ‘They made tracks, piling up the jumble on either side.’
    • ‘The stony path wound up the hill past a cave shrine and spiralled between one last jumble of boulders.’
    • ‘His desk is a chaotic jumble of books, journals, miscellaneous documents, and baby pictures of his three children.’
    • ‘It does not, however, have to be a dizzying jumble of clutter.’
    • ‘Actually, come to think of it, the person responsible for this here jumble of junk should be punished, not rewarded.’
    • ‘Most had been sketchily catalogued, but many of the boxes seemed to be hastily packed jumbles of everything from cocktail napkins and concert programs to medical reports.’
    • ‘Many of the shelves are already cleared and the rest are an untidy jumble.’
    untidy heap, confused heap, clutter, muddle, mess, confusion, welter, disarray, disarrangement, tangle, litter
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    1. 1.1British Articles collected for a jumble sale.
      • ‘I started selling jumble from a table outside my house and have just kept going.’
      • ‘When, with the assistance of Lottery money and a barrage of jumble and plant sales, the village reopened its reading room, the ceremony was performed by two very old ladies.’
      • ‘Anyone wanting to donate jumble should take it to Wanborough Primary School, The Beanlands, on Friday between 5:30 pm and 8 pm.’
      • ‘Fate intervened in the form of a neighbour collecting jumble who just so happened to be a qualified knitter - and had a whole slew of like-minded friends.’
      • ‘St Sampsons Social Centre for Old People, in Church Street, was rented out on Mondays to local causes so they could hold table-top fundraising sales of jumble and bric-a-brac.’
      • ‘Fund-raiser Elizabeth Sykes said that while youngsters could collect jumble with their parents, other volunteer helpers now had to undergo a police check.’
      junk, bric-a-brac, bits and pieces
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verb

[with object]
  • Mix up in a confused or untidy way.

    ‘a drawer full of letters jumbled together’
    • ‘The episodes are jumbled up on the viewing order, so that won't help you at all.’
    • ‘That sounded a bit better; jumbling the words about made it sound classier.’
    • ‘As far as I'm concerned, dreams are just your mind filing away the things that passed through your mind and got jumbled up during the day.’
    • ‘Let's also see whether you try to make it as unreadable as you can, by jumbling up the paragraphing.’
    • ‘Already the grim images of the war have become jumbled in my mind.’
    • ‘But the sound has been turned down and the mix is so jumbled that it's impossible to derive anything from them.’
    • ‘A few large stones were jumbled around the clearing and a wooden slab was on the ground.’
    • ‘Acting out this scene, Ria was clearly agitated and she was jumbling up her lines.’
    • ‘Some users are purposefully misspelling or jumbling the names of songs so they are harder to track down.’
    • ‘He sticks his head in and bursts into speech, jumbling news, soaps and ads!’
    • ‘I'm still mad, and angry, and I'm jumbling things up, but I don't care.’
    • ‘But all of it is jumbled together in a way that at the end the reader is left empty, if amused.’
    • ‘He tries to bring a poetic touch to his lines by jumbling the syntax of the sentences.’
    • ‘He noticed his sword was leaning on a guardrail instead of being jumbled together with all the rest.’
    • ‘Thoughts were jumbled inside his head and he was having difficulty sorting them all out.’
    • ‘When you run out of paper or the words you write are jumbled up, think of the hourglass passing sand from the top to the bottom.’
    • ‘Though I studied Spanish in high school and college, I found myself stumbling on phrases, jumbling pronunciations and asking natives to slow down or to repeat themselves.’
    • ‘It turns out our credit histories had been linked and jumbled.’
    • ‘On several occasions, the files have become jumbled on the removable media.’
    • ‘She jumbled her keys in the keyhole and waved a quick goodbye before running up the stairs.’
    mix up, muddle up, disarrange, disorganize, disorder, confuse, put in disarray, throw into chaos, make a shambles of
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Origin

Early 16th century: probably symbolic.

Pronunciation

jumble

/ˈdʒəmbəl//ˈjəmbəl/