[ruhb-uh l or for 3, 4, roo-buh l]
  1. broken bits and pieces of anything, as that which is demolished: Bombing reduced the town to rubble.
  2. any solid substance, as ice, in irregularly broken pieces.
  3. rough fragments of broken stone, formed by geological processes, in quarrying, etc., and sometimes used in masonry.
  4. masonry built of rough fragments of broken stone.

Origin of rubble

1350–1400; Middle English rubel, robil < ?; cf. rubbish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for rubbles

debris, fill, scree, brash

Examples from the Web for rubbles

Historical Examples of rubbles

  • They were letter-heads of Trimmer and Company and were covered with Rubbles figures.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

British Dictionary definitions for rubbles


  1. fragments of broken stones, bricks, etc
  2. any fragmented solid material, esp the debris from ruined buildings
  3. quarrying the weathered surface layer of rock
  4. Also called: rubblework masonry constructed of broken pieces of rock, stone, etc
Derived Formsrubbly, adjective

Word Origin for rubble

C14 robyl; perhaps related to Middle English rubben to rub, or to rubbish
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Word Origin and History for rubbles



"rough, irregular stones broken from larger masses," late 14c., robeyl, from Anglo-French *robel "bits of broken stone," probably related to rubbish [OED], but also possibly from Old French robe (see rob).

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