Meaning of jumbo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒʌmbəʊ/

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nounplural noun jumbos

  • 1A very large person or thing.

    • ‘With the jumbos invading the fringe villages during nights, villagers are spending sleepless nights to save themselves, forget about saving their crops and habitations.’
    • ‘Alternatively, a trip to a farmers' market will offer great variety from spruce (the really thin, young stuff for stir-frying) to great big jumbos.’
    • ‘To playback sounds of galloping, roaring and trumpeting, the horses, lions and jumbos enthralled the parents who had a tough time to spot their tots in the masked group.’
    • ‘Shrimp ranchero is five jumbos drenched in a stewlike spicy tomato sauce and served with thick tortillas.’
    • ‘Once in the containers, an injection of antidote gets the jumbos back up on wobbly feet.’
    • ‘Smaller than you'd expect and very fragile looking compared to all the jumbos about the place.’
    • ‘Brown rather than pink, these jumbos are sculpted out of stone and they support the building.’
    • ‘If the jumbo walked away leaving the audience amused, a clown who imitated a rag doll to perfection, left everyone truly amazed.’
    • ‘Sell a ticket at any price, just don't leave a jumbo idle.’
    • ‘The presence of the jumbos created terror among the villagers and they fled.’
    monster, brute, beast, giant, colossus, mountain, behemoth, leviathan, mammoth, monstrosity
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    1. 1.1A very large airliner (originally and specifically a Boeing 747).
      ‘The map is missing the whole continent of Antarctica, even though the airline's jumbos are regularly chartered in summer for tourist overflights of Antarctica's coastline.’
      • ‘By the 1970s, they were thought to be vulnerable to Soviet missiles and were supplemented by converted civil airliners, now 747 jumbo jets.’
      • ‘In his time, Ken has seen his work adorn everything from gable end walls in his home town to the jumbo jets of the Virgin airline.’
      • ‘This allowed the Federal Aviation Administration to develop rules for safe spacing between jumbos and smaller aircraft, rules still in effect today.’
      • ‘Several times a week a Singapore Airlines jumbo leaves Dublin with spare capacity which could accommodate additional high-value, fast-moving consumer goods or components.’
      • ‘The Boeing jumbo was insured for $1.75 billion, and the company has a cash hoard of more than $1 billion.’
      • ‘Next time you're at the airport look at a jumbo jet such as the B - 747 or B - 777.’
      • ‘Civil transport aircraft, ranging from small turboprops to jumbo jets, move people and goods all over the world.’
      • ‘Rising high in the ranks of the company, he soon made Captain just after first flying a jumbo jet like the Boeing 747, for example.’
      • ‘That is equal to two fully loaded Boeing 747 jumbo jets!’
      • ‘Lightplane pilots are faced with virtually the same decision-making tasks as are captains of jumbo jets.’
      • ‘The 12-year-old carrier says it may expand its fleet of 35 jumbo jets and freighters.’
      • ‘The Department of Transport's latest air accident investigation report reveals details of incidents involving three jumbo jets last year at Heathrow Airport.’
      • ‘Smaller and more versatile aircraft reduce financial and operational risks to airlines, particularly in economic downturns, compared to jumbo jets, he adds.’
      • ‘‘We now have the ability to process the passengers of four jumbo jets simultaneously at the airport,’ he said.’
      • ‘But most importantly I don't want it be something that sounds like a jumbo jet taking off.’
      • ‘He offered cash for time on a flight simulator, learning how to handle a jumbo jet, but did not want to learn how to take off and land.’
      • ‘European Aviation, which based three jumbo jets at Manchester and had regular holiday flights to Florida, has announced plans to axe 560 jobs.’
      • ‘The two pilots of the jumbo had escaped before the hijackers had reached the cockpit, making it impossible to fly the plane.’
      • ‘He said there was no indication that the super jumbos, which will seat more than 550 people, would use Dublin Airport regularly.’


informal attributive
  • Very large.

    • ‘a jumbo pad’
    • ‘But that's if anyone reads this huge jumbo paragraph.’
    • ‘There are two very giant jumbo television screens here in New York City.’
    • ‘A group of enterprising Sri Lankans are taking their recycling business to jumbo heights - by turning elephant dung into paper.’
    • ‘This is not the time to use jumbo shrimp, small ones will be better here.’
    • ‘I also propose to reduce the basic customs duty on colour positive films in jumbo rolls and colour negative films in rolls of certain sizes from 15% to 5%.’
    • ‘But did you try watching it after 2 jumbo margaritas?’
    • ‘The main courses with accompaniments included grilled lobster, jumbo prawns, beef wellington, assorted kebabs and vegetable au gratin.’
    • ‘But the trend toward jumbo dogs doesn't quite explain why the Labrador retriever is far more popular than other big breeds.’
    • ‘Last week, about 1,500 jumbo squid washed up dead on the shores of Orange County in California.’
    • ‘Although it is not necessary to soak porridge oats (regular or whole / jumbo oats), it makes for quicker cooking in the morning if you do.’
    • ‘The fee for jumbo passports containing 60 pages has gone up.’
    • ‘I ordered the grilled king prawn & jumbo scallop and the house signature crispy sausage pizza.’
    • ‘The seafood section is quite exhaustive and includes jumbo prawns.’
    • ‘They're the kind where one end is a plug and the other end is a socket, so they all become one jumbo string of lights.’
    • ‘Did I realise that jumbo rolls of gift-wrap are three-for-the-price-of-two?’
    • ‘The single contaminated batch, consisting of 16 jumbo boxes of chicken weighing 54 kg each was destroyed by department officials.’
    • ‘It's like a huge jumbo version and even acts the same, drawing moisture to the center of the pad.’
    • ‘Extensions for the standard and jumbo boxes are available in several heights, including a 6-inch standard box for shallow installations.’
    • ‘Anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 people saw our show in the hall, and uncounted others witnessed it on jumbo video screens scattered around the Olympic Village.’
    • ‘And just how many calories are in that jumbo smoothie?’
    huge, enormous, vast, immense, very large, very big, great, massive, cosmic, colossal, prodigious, gigantic, gargantuan, mammoth, monumental, tremendous, stupendous
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Early 19th century (originally of a person): probably the second element of mumbo jumbo. Originally denoting a large and clumsy person, the term was popularized as the name of an elephant at London Zoo, sold in 1882 to the Barnum and Bailey circus.