verb (used without object), tum·bled, tum·bling.
verb (used with object), tum·bled, tum·bling.
Origin of tumble
Related Words for tumbleflop, plunge, topple, sag, drop, slump, stumble, spill, plummet, descend, slip, dip, skid, nose-dive, disturb, unsettle, level, toss, disarray, upset
Examples from the Web for tumble
Contemporary Examples of tumble
No friend of liberty can avoid the tumble back and forth between Burke and Paine.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
And then the convenience stores will start to tumble, and the vast majority of Americas will agree that this is fine.CVS, Smokes and ‘Liberal Fascism’
February 7, 2014
So when they tumble off, the fact that we cheer and sneer is awful, hypocritical, and deeply, sometimes savagely unkind.Justin Bieber's Spiritual Crisis
January 26, 2014
One video shows him take a tumble while attempting a maneuver, try it again, and then tumble again.The Fall and Rise of Skateboarder Danny Renaud
August 21, 2013
I watched it tumble over and over again up in the air and then, of course, I caught it with no problem.Send Me to Heaven App, Which Encourages Phone Throwing, Is a Buzzkill
August 8, 2013
Historical Examples of tumble
We'll land that stake; an' p'raps the sharp division'll take a tumble.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Of course he might have taken a tumble and sprained his ankle, or something like that," Bart said.Frank Roscoe's Secret
He does not tumble from the top to the bottom of the cellar stair.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Old women with children can afford to tumble downstairs, but not my kind of old women.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Suddenly he shouted to Sandoz, 'Will you be kind enough not to tumble to pieces?'His Masterpiece
Word Origin for tumble
c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of Old English tumbian "dance about," of unknown origin. Related to Middle Low German tummelen "to turn, dance," Dutch tuimelen "to tumble," Old High German tumon, German taumeln "to turn, reel." Related: Tumbled; tumbling. Tumble-down (1791) originally meant "habitually falling down" and was used first of horses; sense of "in a dilapidated condition" is recorded from 1818.
1716, from tumble (v.).
see rough and tumble.