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n. Archaic
Confusion; uproar.

[Obsolete French garbouil, from Old French, from Old Italian garbuglio, perhaps from Latin bullīre, to boil.]
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archaic confusion or disturbance; uproar
[C16: from Old French garbouil, from Old Italian garbuglio, ultimately from Latin bullīre to boil, hence, seethe with indignation]
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(ˈgɑr bɔɪl)

n. Archaic.
[1540–50; < Middle French garbouil < Italian garbuglio, of uncertain orig.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.garboil - a state of commotion and noise and confusiongarboil - a state of commotion and noise and confusion
commotion, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do, disruption, disturbance, flutter - a disorderly outburst or tumult; "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
combustion - a state of violent disturbance and excitement; "combustion grew until revolt was unavoidable"
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A glossary closes out the book for those left wondering at the meaning of "lexicon" and "synonym," as well as "garboil" and "sackbut," which make their own delightful appearances in the parade.
[i]t may chance in these garboils there will be some good occasion or opportunity offered that you may again be brought to possession either of Calais or some place of consequence to the other side.