Etymology
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jumble (v.)

1520s, "to move confusedly" (intransitive), perhaps coined on model of stumble, tumble, etc., and onomatopoeic or felt as suggestive of the action indicated. Transitive meaning "mix in a confused mass" is from 1540s. In 17c. it was yet another euphemism for "have sex with" (a sense first attested 1580s). Related: Jumbled; jumbling.

jumble (n.)

"a confused mixture," 1660s, from jumble (v.). Jumble-sale is from 1931. The word meaning "type of thin, crisp cake" (1610s) is probably unrelated.

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Definitions of jumble
1
jumble (v.)
be all mixed up or jumbled together;
His words jumbled
Synonyms: mingle
jumble (v.)
assemble without order or sense;
She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence
Synonyms: confuse / mix up
jumble (v.)
bring into random order;
Synonyms: scramble / throw together
2
jumble (n.)
a confused multitude of things;
Synonyms: clutter / muddle / fuddle / mare's nest / welter / smother
jumble (n.)
small flat ring-shaped cake or cookie;
Synonyms: jumbal
jumble (n.)
a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas;
Synonyms: patchwork / hodgepodge
From wordnet.princeton.edu