or nom·bles

[ nuhm-buh lz ]
/ ˈnʌm bəlz /

plural noun

certain of the inward parts of an animal, especially of a deer, used as food.

Nearby words

  1. numbers game,
  2. numbers pool,
  3. numbfish,
  4. numbing,
  5. numbingly,
  6. numbly,
  7. numbness,
  8. numbnuts,
  9. numbskull,
  10. numdah

Origin of numbles

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French nombles fillet of venison, plural of nomble, dissimilated variant of *lomble < Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus loin. See lumb-, -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for numbles


/ (ˈnʌmbəlz) /

pl n

archaic the heart, lungs, liver, etc, of an deer or other animal, cooked for food

Word Origin for numbles

C14: from Old French nombles, plural of nomble thigh muscle of a deer, changed from Latin lumbulus a little loin, from lumbus loin; see humble pie

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Word Origin and History for numbles



"offal," from Old French nombles "loin of veal, fillet of beef, haunch of venison," from Latin lumulus, diminutive of lumbus "loin" (see lumbago).

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