rumble seat

noun
  1. Also called, British, dickey. a seat recessed into the back of a coupe or roadster, covered by a hinged lid that opens to form the back of the seat when in use.
  2. Furniture. wagon seat.
  3. Slang. the buttocks.

Origin of rumble seat

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for rumble seat

Historical Examples of rumble seat

  • "There will be my machinist in the rumble-seat," replied Morton, blushing furiously.

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman

  • The vehicle had the usual two seats in front and a rumble-seat behind—places for three, but there were four piled aboard.

    Motor Matt's Race

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • Welcome, on account of his wooden leg and the necessity of having plenty of room, had been given the rumble-seat.

    Motor Matt's Race

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • In the rumble behind, lying partly over the rumble-seat, was a dust-coat.


British Dictionary definitions for rumble seat

rumble seat

noun
  1. US and Canadian a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars; dicky
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