tumble

[ tuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈtʌm bəl /

verb (used without object), tum·bled, tum·bling.

verb (used with object), tum·bled, tum·bling.

noun

Idioms

    take a tumble to, Australian Slang. to come to understand.

Origin of tumble

1250–1300; Middle English tum(b)len to dance in acrobatic style (cognate with Dutch tuimelen, Low German tummeln), frequentative of Middle English tomben, Old English tumbian, (cognate with Old Norse tumba, akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel (perhaps < OLG); compare French tomber to fall < Gmc); see -le

Related forms

un·tum·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tumble to (1 of 2)

tumble to


verb

(intr, preposition) informal to understand; become aware of

British Dictionary definitions for tumble to (2 of 2)

tumble

/ (ˈtʌmbəl) /

verb

noun

See also tumble to

Word Origin for tumble

Old English tumbian, from Old French tomber; related to Old High German tūmōn to turn
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Idioms and Phrases with tumble to

tumble


see rough and tumble.

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