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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: garble 'to remove impure parts by putting through a container with small holes' (15-19 centuries), from Old Italian garbellare, from Arabic gharbala, from ghirbal 'sieve'

garbled

adjective
     
gar‧bled
a garbled statement or report is very unclear and confusing [= confused]:
The papers had some garbled version of the story.
a garbled phone message
garble verb [transitive]
garble noun [uncountable]

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