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Definitions for jumbo
ˈdʒʌm boʊjum·bo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elephantine, gargantuan, giant, jumboadjective

    of great mass; huge and bulky

    "a jumbo jet"; "jumbo shrimp"


  1. jumboadjective

    Very large.

  2. jumbonoun

    Any object which is a very large example of its class.


  1. jumbonoun

    An especially large or powerful person, animal or thing.

  2. jumbonoun

    A popular name for an elephant.

  3. jumboadjective

    Especially large or powerful.


  1. Jumbo

    Jumbo (about December 25, 1860 – September 15, 1885), also known as Jumbo the Elephant and Jumbo the Circus Elephant, was a 19th-century male African bush elephant born in Sudan. Jumbo was exported to Jardin des Plantes, a zoo in Paris, and then transferred in 1865 to London Zoo in England. Despite public protest, Jumbo was sold to P. T. Barnum, who took him to the United States for exhibition in March 1882. The giant elephant's name spawned the common word "jumbo," meaning large in size. Examples of his lexical impact are phrases like "jumbo jet", "jumbo shrimp," "jumbo marshmallows," and "jumbotron." Jumbo's shoulder height has been estimated to have been 3.23 metres (10 ft 7 in) at the time of his death, and was claimed to be about 4 m (13 ft 1 in) by Barnum.


  1. jumbo

    Jumbo generally refers to something that is extremely large in size, quantity, or scale, exceeding the standard or normal measurements. It is commonly used to describe large items or quantities of goods or serving sizes. The term originates from the name of a famous large circus elephant in the 19th century.


  1. Jumbo

    Jumbo, also known as Jumbo the Elephant and Jumbo the Circus Elephant, was a 19th-century male African Bush Elephant born in the French Sudan. Jumbo was eventually exported to a zoo in Paris, France; and then transferred in 1865 to London Zoo in England. In November 1881, Jumbo was sold for $10,000 USD to P. T. Barnum, who took him to America for exhibition in March 1882. The giant elephant's name has spawned the common word, "jumbo", meaning large in size. Jumbo's height, estimated to be 3.25 metres in the London Zoo, was claimed to be approximately 4 metres by the time of his death.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jumbo

    jum′bō, n. a colossus.—adj. huge, colossal. [Name of a huge elephant sold in 1882 from the London Zoological Gardens to P. T. Barnum.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. JUMBO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jumbo is ranked #60045 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jumbo surname appeared 336 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Jumbo.

    44.6% or 150 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    37.2% or 125 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    13.6% or 46 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 12 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jumbo in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jumbo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of jumbo in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    The UK generally has a great record on fighting measles, but for the first time we're suddenly going in the wrong direction, i'm afraid people have just been listening to that superstitious mumbo-jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff, and thinking that the MMR vaccine is a bad idea. That's wrong, please get your kids vaccinated.

  2. Tom Peters:

    We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo... excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.

  3. Julian Alaphilippe:

    Today we saw some big names struggling, some of them cracked before me, there are now a lot of strong teams. My team are strong, Lotto Jumbo are strong.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    Project Fear is really working on them. They’re terrified of this nonsense. It’s all mumbo jumbo.

  5. Mike Lange:


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