The definition of rumble is to use a deep voice, to make a continuous deep sound, or to become involved in a fight.verb
- A man with a gruff, deep voice is an example of someone who rumbles when he talks.
- When a garbage truck with a noisy engine moves down the street, this is an example of when it rumbles down the street.
- When two street gangs get into a fight, this is an example of when they rumble.
A rumble is defined as a continuous deep sound, or is slang for a street fight.noun
- The sound of distant thunder is an example of a rumble.
- A street fight between two gangs is an example of a rumble.
- to make a deep, heavy, continuous, rolling sound, as thunder
- to move or go with such a sound
- Slang to participate in a rumble ()
Origin: ME romblen, prob. < MDu rommelen < IE base *reu- > rune, rumor
- to cause to make, or move with, such a sound
- to utter or say with such a sound
- to polish, mix, etc. in a rumble, or tumbling box
- a deep, heavy, continuous, rolling sound
- a widespread expression of discontent or restiveness
- a space for luggage or a small extra seat, as for servants, in the rear of a carriage
- tumbling box
- ☆ Slang a fight between gangs, esp. of teenagers
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verb rum·bled, rum·bling, rum·bles verb, intransitive
- To make a deep, long, rolling sound.
- To move or proceed with a deep, long, rolling sound.
- Slang To engage in a gang fight.
- To utter with a deep, long, rolling sound.
- To polish or mix (metal parts) in a tumbling box.
- A deep, long, rolling sound.
- A tumbling box.
- A luggage compartment or servant's seat in the rear of a carriage.
- Slang a. Pervasive, widespread expression of unrest or dissatisfaction.b. A gang fight.
Origin: Middle English romblen, perhaps from Middle Dutch rommelen or from Middle Low German rummeln.
- rumˈbler noun
- rumˈbling·ly adverb
- rumˈbly adjective