jum|ble1 [ˈdʒʌmbəl] n
1.) [singular]
a lot of different things mixed together in an untidy way, without any order
jumble of
a jumble of old toys
Inside she was a jumble of emotions.
2.) [U] BrE
things to be sold at a jumble sale
American Equivalent: rummage
jumble 2
jumble2 also jumble up v [T often passive]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Perhaps copying the action]
to mix things together in an untidy way, without any order
The photographs were all jumbled up.
Ben's words became jumbled.

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