[ tuhm-bling ]
/ ˈtʌm blɪŋ /


the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles, usually on a mat or the ground.

Origin of tumbling

First recorded in 1375–1425, tumbling is from the late Middle English word tomblyng. See tumble, -ing1

Definition for tumbling (2 of 2)


[ tuhm-buh l ]
/ ˈtʌm bəl /

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

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


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 tumbling


/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with tumbling


see rough and tumble.

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