Origin of tumbling
verb (used without object), tum·bled, tum·bling.
verb (used with object), tum·bled, tum·bling.
Origin of tumble
Examples from the Web for tumbling
Contemporary Examples of tumbling
But amid their tumbling words describing their woes, they express disbelief much will come from the talks.Why Geneva 2 Won’t Stop Syria’s War
January 22, 2014
It was that spectacular and it went on for an hour or two… a mass display of gymnastics and dancing and tumbling.How to Hide a Famine with Ping-Pong
January 9, 2014
I want to feel that rolling, tumbling momentum, like a barrel sent blind downhill.How I Write: Paul Lynch
December 18, 2013
So, again, I hope the Democrats in the Senate take note of the dominoes that are tumbling here because they stood together.The Party of No Flirts With Yes as Mitch McConnell’s Grip on the GOP Slips
July 19, 2013
But budge they must, and budge on spending cuts the Democrats must too, or else tumbling down the hill we will go.Fiscal Cliff Countdown: What the Principals Want
December 30, 2012
Historical Examples of tumbling
He said I was drunk myself and that he heard me tumbling up the stairs to bed.
There in front of him, heaving and tumbling, was the sea: a miracle of healing and cleansing.
She supposed Julie was behind her, but, fearful of tumbling, she had been still as a mouse.
While we are straining our eyes into the distance, justice is tumbling out at our feet.The Republic
Sensible perception, like everything else, is tumbling to pieces.Theaetetus
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.