[ tuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈtʌm bəl /

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

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


Nearby words

  1. tuléar,
  2. tum,
  3. tumaco,
  4. tumatakuru,
  5. tumbes,
  6. tumble cart,
  7. tumble dryer,
  8. tumble home,
  9. tumble to,
  10. tumble-down


    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 formsun·tum·bled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tumble to

tumble to


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


/ (ˈtʌmbəl) /



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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Word Origin and History for tumble to
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Idioms and Phrases with tumble to


see rough and tumble.

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