from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a deep, long, rolling sound.
  • intransitive v. To move or proceed with a deep, long, rolling sound.
  • intransitive v. Slang To engage in a gang fight.
  • transitive v. To utter with a deep, long, rolling sound.
  • transitive v. To polish or mix (metal parts) in a tumbling box.
  • n. A deep, long, rolling sound.
  • n. A tumbling box.
  • n. A luggage compartment or servant's seat in the rear of a carriage.
  • n. Slang Pervasive, widespread expression of unrest or dissatisfaction.
  • n. Slang A gang fight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An onomatopoeia describing a rumbling noise
  • n. A low pitched irregular noise, such as that of thunder or a hungry stomach.
  • n. A street fight or brawl.
  • n. A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
  • v. To make a low-pitched noise.
  • v. To discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour.
  • v. To move while making a rumbling noise.
  • v. fight, brawl.
  • v. To cause to pass through a rumble, or polishing machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A noisy report; rumor.
  • n. A low, heavy, continuous sound like that made by heavy wagons or the reverberation of thunder; a confused noise.
  • n. A seat for servants, behind the body of a carriage.
  • n. A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
  • intransitive v. To make a low, heavy, continued sound.
  • intransitive v. To murmur; to ripple.
  • transitive v. To cause to pass through a rumble, or shaking machine. See rumble, n., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a deep, heavy, continued and more or less jarring sound: as, the thunder rumbles.
  • To murmur.
  • To move with a deep, hoarse, thundering or jarring sound; roll heavily and noisily.
  • To roll about; hence, to create disorder or confusion.
  • To cause to make a deep, rattling or jarring sound; rattle.
  • n. A deep, heavy, continuous, and more or less rattling or jarring sound, as of thunder; a low, jarring roar.
  • n. Confused reports; rumor.
  • n. Confusion; disorder; tumult.
  • n. A revolving cylinder or box in which articles are placed to be ground, cleaned, or polished by mutual attrition. Grinding- or polishing-material is added according to the need of the case.
  • n. A seat for servants in the rear of a carriage. Also rumble-tumble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loud low dull continuous noise
  • n. a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
  • v. to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
  • v. make a low noise
  • n. a servant's seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English romblen, perhaps from Middle Dutch rommelen or from Middle Low German rummeln.


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  • This word was used in "The Outsiders."

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