garbled garbled  /ˈɡɑr bəld/


  • (adj) lacking orderly continuity


  1. The radio conversation was routine until the last transmission from the plane, which was garbled.
  2. Then the Van Climbers scowl and growl at the inaccuracy of the garbled stories, threaten to sue the offending journals.
  3. Streaming video without having frames freeze or an occasionally garbled picture requires a network that sends packets of data consistently, without interruption.


  1. To Jana Stepp

    Hi Jana, You left a message on my home phone and the phone number you left was a bit garbled and I was not able to make it out to return your phone call concerning your fall classes for your little school at church.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: High Plains Observer

  2. Supreme Court Gets Decision Right, Science Wrong, on Gene Patents

    The Supreme Court got some very basic facts of biology wrong in today's decision about gene patents. They got the decision right, in this writer's opinion, but it's worrisome that the facts are so garbled.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Report: Al-Qaida online magazine reportedly sabotaged by U.S.

    The al-Qaida online magazine Inspire reportedly was hacked by U.S. intelligence officials in an effort to sabotage it, according to The Washington Post. And the hacking seemed to do its job, at least temporarily, according to the report. When the magazine was published on May 14, the Post reported, its first page appeared garbled and [...]
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Lookout via Yahoo! News


  1. "He got a more accurate representation of UK concerns than the garbled reports in the French Private Eye, Le Canard Enchaine," Miliband wrote, likening the French publication to Britain's weekly satirical magazine Private Eye.
    on Oct 4, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Secretary general Sir Iqbal Sacranie said Panorama had used "deliberately garbled quotes in an attempt to malign the Muslim Council of Britain".
    on Aug 20, 2005 By: Iqbal Sacranie Source: BBC News

  3. "I actually know the words now," Sampson joked. "I got the Indiana part, but the rest of the words are a little bit garbled."
    on Sep 21, 2007 By: Kelvin Sampson Source: Terre Haute Tribune Star

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