Origin of rabbleMiddle English rabel ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Medieval Latin rabulus, brawling, noisy ; from Classical Latin rabula, a brawling advocate ; from rabere: see rabid
Origin of rabbleFrench râble ; from Old French roable ; from Medieval Latin rotabulum, poker ; from Classical Latin rutabulum, stirrer ; from ruere, to rake up ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reu-, to dig up from source rid, rubble
- A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
- The lowest or unrefined class of people. Often used with the.
- A group of persons regarded with contempt: “After subsisting on the invisible margins of the art scene &ellipsis; he was ‘discovered’ in the mid-80's, along with a crowd of like-minded rabble from the East Village” (Richard B. Woodward).
Origin of rabbleMiddle English.
- An iron bar used to stir and skim molten iron in puddling.
- Any of various similar tools or mechanically operated devices used in roasting or refining furnaces.
transitive verbrab·bled, rab·bling, rab·bles
Origin of rabbleFrench râble, fire shovel, from Old French roable, from Medieval Latin rotabulum, from Latin rutabulum, from rutus, past participle of ruere, to rake up, tumble down.