- to make a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound, as thunder.
- to move or travel with such a sound: The train rumbled on.
- Slang. to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs: Rival gangs rumbled on Saturday afternoon.
- to give forth or utter with a rumbling sound: to rumble a command.
- to cause to make or move with a rumbling sound: to rumble a wagon over the ground.
- to subject to the action of a rumble or tumbling box, as for the purpose of polishing.
- a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound: the rumble of tanks across a bridge.
- rumble seat.
- a rear part of a carriage containing seating accommodations, as for servants, or space for baggage.
- a tumbling box.
- Slang. a street fight between rival teenage gangs.
Origin of rumble
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Examples from the Web for rumbled
Orlando stayed where he was as the first car and half of the second rumbled over them.Strangers Rally to Help Blind Man Keep His Guide Dog
December 19, 2013
"I sure will if he keeps his disguise on," she rumbled back.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Then it rumbled out some remarks about "pirates, vermin, coast of Cuba."
"High enough," he rumbled; and I received Seraphina into my arms.
Behind him, through the wood, on toward Middletown rumbled the passing battery.The Long Roll
The Wabbly clanked and rumbled and roared obliviously past them.Morale
- to make or cause to make a deep resonant soundthunder rumbled in the sky
- to move with such a soundthe train rumbled along
- (tr) to utter with a rumbling soundhe rumbled an order
- (tr) to tumble (metal components, gemstones, etc) in a barrel of smooth stone in order to polish them
- (tr) British informal to find out about (someone or something); discover (something)the police rumbled their plans
- (intr) US slang to be involved in a gang fight
- a deep resonant sound
- a widespread murmur of discontent
- another name for tumbler (def. 4)
- US, Canadian and NZ slang a gang fight
Word Origin and History for rumbled
late 14c., "make a deep, heavy, continuous sound," also "move with a rolling, thundering sound," also "create disorder and confusion," probably related to Middle Dutch rommelen "to rumble," Middle High German rummeln, Old Norse rymja "to shout, roar," all of imitative origin. Related: Rumbled; rumbling.
late 14c., from rumble (v.). Slang noun meaning "gang fight" is from 1946. Meaning "backmost part of a carriage" is from 1808 (earlier rumbler, 1801), probably from the effect of sitting over the wheels; hence rumble seat (1828).