intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- 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