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jumble

When you jumble something, you throw a bunch of items haphazardly together. For example, many people jumble many random things in a kitchen junk drawer.

Use the verb jumble to describe what happens when you scramble or mix things up. Some kids, for example, jumble their Lego toys together in a big bin, while others like to sort the pieces by color or size. You can call the mix of items itself a jumble too. In the early 1500s, jumble meant "to move confusedly," and it was probably modeled on stumble. Later that century, it came to mean "mix or confuse."

Definitions of jumble
  1. verb
    assemble without order or sense
    “She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence”
    synonyms: confuse, mix up
    conflate, confound, confuse
    mistake one thing for another
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    types:
    addle, muddle, puddle
    mix up or confuse
    type of:
    assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
    create by putting components or members together
  2. verb
    bring into random order
    synonyms: scramble, throw together
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    types:
    tumble
    throw together in a confused mass
    type of:
    disarray, disorder
    bring disorder to
  3. verb
    be all mixed up or jumbled together
    “His words jumbled
    synonyms: mingle
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. noun
    a confused multitude of things
    synonyms: clutter, fuddle, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter
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    types:
    rummage
    a jumble of things to be given away
    type of:
    disorder, disorderliness
    a condition in which things are not in their expected places
  5. noun
    a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
    synonyms: hodgepodge, patchwork
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    type of:
    theory
    a belief that can guide behavior
  6. noun
    small flat ring-shaped cake or cookie
    synonyms: jumbal
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    type of:
    cake
    baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
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