v. jum·bled, jum·bling, jum·bles
1. To mix in a confused way; throw together carelessly: jumble socks in a heap.
2. To muddle; confuse: The rapid-fire questioning jumbled the witness's thoughts.
To be mixed in a confused way: dividers to keep the files from jumbling.
1. A confused or disordered mass: a jumble of paper scraps.
2. A disordered state; a muddle: receipts in a jumble.
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