- The definition of a tumble is an act of somersaulting, stumbling or falling, or disorder or confusion.
- An example of a tumble is a stumble down a hill.
- An example of a tumble is mass chaos.
- Tumble is defined as to do somersaults, fall clumsily or stumble, or to cause someone or something to fall.
An example of tumble is to fall and roll down a hill.
intransitive verbtumbled, tumbling
- to do somersaults, handsprings, or similar acrobatic or gymnastic feats
- to fall suddenly, clumsily, or helplessly
- to fall or decline suddenly, as from power, high value, etc.
- to come down in ruins; collapse
- to stumble or trip
- to toss about or roll around
- to move, go, issue, etc. in a hasty, awkward, or disorderly manner
- Informal to have sudden awareness or understanding of some situation: with to
Origin of tumbleMiddle English tumblen, frequentative of tumben ; from Old English tumbian, to fall, jump, dance; akin to German tummeln, taumeln ; from Old High German an unverified form tumalon, frequentative of tumon, to turn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, to be turbid from source dull
- to cause to tumble; make fall, overthrow, topple, roll over, etc.
- to put into disorder by or as by tossing here and there; disarrange
- to whirl in a tumbler (sense )
- the act or an instance of tumbling; specif.,
- a somersault, handspring, etc.
- a fall or decline
- a stumble
- disorder; confusion
- a confused heap
give (or get) a tumble
verbtum·bled, tum·bling, tum·bles
- To perform acrobatic feats such as somersaults, rolls, or twists.
- a. To fall, roll, or move end over end: The rocks tumbled down the hill. The kittens tumbled over each other. The asteroids tumble through space.b. To spill, roll out, or emerge in confusion or disorder: Toys tumbled out of the closet.c. To pitch headlong; fall: tumbled on the ice.d. To move quickly or awkwardly: We tumbled into the kitchen for lunch.e. To hang down: Her hair tumbled onto her shoulders.
- a. To collapse: The wall tumbled down.b. To undergo a decline in position, status, or fortune: He tumbled from high office.c. To decrease: Prices tumbled.
- To come upon accidentally; happen on: We tumbled on a fine restaurant.
- Slang To come to a sudden understanding; catch on: tumbled to the reality that he had been cheated.
- To cause to fall or collapse; bring down: The earthquake tumbled the wall.
- To put, spill, or toss haphazardly: tumbled the extra parts into a box.
- To toss or whirl in a drum, tumbler, or tumbling box: The dryer tumbles the clothes.
- To cause to lose position, status, or fortune: A scandal tumbled the government.
- An act of tumbling; a fall.
- A decrease, as in value: Home prices took a tumble.
- A confused or disordered collection or amount of something: a tumble of shacks by the river.
Origin of tumbleMiddle English tumblen, frequentative of tumben, to dance about, from Old English tumbian.
- A fall.
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
(third-person singular simple present tumbles, present participle tumbling, simple past and past participle tumbled)
From Middle English tumblen; frequentative of Middle English tumben, from Old English tumbian.