Rabble definition

răbəl
A group of persons regarded with contempt.
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A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
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A noisy, disorderly crowd; mob.
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The lowest or unrefined class of people. Often used with the.
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An iron bar used to stir and skim molten iron in puddling.
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Any of various similar tools or mechanically operated devices used in roasting or refining furnaces.
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To stir or skim (molten iron) with an iron bar.
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To attack as or by a rabble; mob.
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An iron bar used to stir and skim molten iron in puddling.
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To stir or skim with such a bar.
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A mob; a disorderly crowd.
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The mass of common people; the lowest class of people.
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the rabble
  • the common people; the masses
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rabble
Plural:
rabbles

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the rabble

Origin of rabble

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition