rabble definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English rabel ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Midieval Latin rabulus, brawling, noisy ; from Classical Latin rabula, a brawling advocate ; from rabere: see rabid
Origin: French râble ; from Old French roable ; from Midieval 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
rabble definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
- The lowest or coarsest class of people. Often used with the.
- A group of persons regarded with contempt: “After subsisting on the invisible margins of the art scene … he was ‘discovered’ in the mid-80's, along with a crowd of like-minded rabble from the East Village” (Richard B. Woodward).
Origin: Middle 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.
Origin: French râble, fire shovel, from Old French roable, from Medieval Latin rotābulum, from Latin rutābulum, from rutus, past participle of ruere, to rake up, tumble down.
- rabˈbler noun
rabble - Phrases/Idioms