- a disorderly crowd; mob.
- the rabble, the lower classes; the common people: The nobility held the rabble in complete contempt.
- to beset as a rabble does; mob.
Origin of rabble1
- a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
- to stir (a charge) in a roasting furnace.
Origin of rabble2
Examples from the Web for rabbling
It is then turned on full, and a violent boiling action is maintained without any rabbling.
One of the worst cases of rabbling, which the Episcopalians described as a tragedy, took place at Kirkpatrick in Annandale.The Early History of the Scottish Union Question
George W. T. Omond
There are several modifications of the reverberatory furnace in use, designed mechanically to effect the rabbling.Getting Gold
J. C. F. Johnson
Hamilton insisted that the question, should be, "Approve or not approve the rabbling?"
They had abolished patronage; they had sanctioned the rabbling of the episcopal clergy; they had refused to pass a Toleration Act.
- a disorderly crowd; mob
- the rabble derogatory the common people
- Also called: rabbler an iron tool or mechanical device for stirring, mixing, or skimming a molten charge in a roasting furnace
- (tr) to stir, mix, or skim (the molten charge) in a roasting furnace
Word Origin and History for rabbling
c.1300, "pack of animals," possibly related to Middle English rablen "to gabble, speak in a rapid, confused manner," probably imitative of hurry, noise, and confusion (cf. Middle Dutch rabbelen, Low German rabbeln "to chatter"). Meaning "tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people" is from late 14c.; applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace from 1550s.
iron bar for stirring molten metal, 1864, from French râble, from Old French roable, from Latin rutabulum "rake, fire shovel," from ruere to rake up (perhaps cognate with Lithuanian raju "to pluck out," German roden "to root out").