- Often rumblings. the first signs of dissatisfaction or grievance.
- rumble(def 7).
Origin of rumbling
- 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 rumbling
At the beginning there is a rumbling sound that seems to be feedback.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
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They were rumbling past the square on their way back to their college when Pineda is said to have given her order.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
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School-age children with rumbling tummies move their styrofoam trays in an orderly lunch line.The Schools That Starve Students to Punish Deadbeat Parents
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Pizza Hut Middle East hopes to keep your stomach from rumbling with “Kit Kat Pops”, aka Kit Kat candy bars wrapped in pizza dough.A Chocolate-Dipped Potato Chip and More Crazy Food Creations
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“Awful Sound” begins in a minor key, with a clackety, rumbling beat.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World
October 29, 2013
In the next room the voices of the four were a steady, rumbling murmur.Way of the Lawless
The thunder was not loud, but it kept up a continuous muttering and rumbling.The Rock of Chickamauga
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The train was rumbling slowly along, the night darkening down.The First Violin
All one spring-time their love thus filled Goujet with the rumbling of a storm.L'Assommoir
Rumbling in his ears was the sound of the blast that had overwhelmed him.
- 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 rumbling
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).