Tumble Definition

tŭmbəl
tumbled, tumbles, tumbling
verb
tumbled, tumbles, tumbling
To do somersaults, handsprings, or similar acrobatic or gymnastic feats.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To put into disorder by or as by tossing here and there; disarrange.
Webster's New World
To fall suddenly, clumsily, or helplessly.
Webster's New World
To fall or decline suddenly, as from power, high value, etc.
Webster's New World
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noun
tumbles
The act or an instance of tumbling.
Webster's New World
A decrease, as in value.
Home prices took a tumble.
American Heritage
Disorder; confusion.
Webster's New World
A confused heap.
Webster's New World
idiom
give (<i>or</i> get) a tumble
  • to give (or get) some favorable or affectionate notice, attention, etc.
Webster's New World
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tumble

  • give (or get) a tumble

Origin of Tumble

  • Middle English tumblen frequentative of tumben to dance about from Old English tumbian

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

  • From Middle English tumblen; frequentative of Middle English tumben, from Old English tumbian.

    From Wiktionary

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