Definition of garbled adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːbld//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrbld//
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(of a message or story) told in a way that confuses the person listening, usually by somebody who is shocked or in a hurry synonym confused He gave a garbled account of what had happened. There was a garbled message from her on my voicemail. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘sift out, cleanse’): from Anglo-Latin and Italian garbellare, from Arabic ġarbala ‘sift’, perhaps from late Latin cribellare ‘to sieve’, from Latin cribrum ‘sieve’ + -ed.
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