noun, plural im·bro·glios.
- a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
- an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation.
- a confused heap.
noun plural -glios
- a confused or perplexing political or interpersonal situation
- obsolete a confused heap; jumble
1750, from Italian imbroglio, from imbrogliare “confuse, tangle,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + brogliare “embroil,” probably from Middle French brouiller “confuse” (see broil (2); also cf. embroil).