The mass of common people; the lowest class of people.
Origin of rabble
French râblefire shovelfrom Old French roablefrom Medieval Latin rotābulumfrom Latin rutābulumfromrutuspast participle ofruereto rake up, tumble down
These grains the puddler welds together by means of his rabble FIG.
"This rabble must be chased with whips, not smitten with swords," they cried.
The rebellion was the more dangerous as the town rabble was on the side of the peasants, and in Buda and other places the cavalry sent against the Kuruczok were unhorsed as they passed through the gates.
By this time Dozsa was losing control of the rabble, which had fallen under the influence of the socialist parson of Czegled, Lorincz Meszaros.
they who were looked upon as servants to the king being then called ` Cavaliers,' and the other of the rabble contemned and despised under the name of ` Roundheads.'" Baxter ascribes the origin of the term to a remark made by Queen Henrietta Maria at the trial of Strafford; referring to Pym, she asked who the roundheaded man was.