Tumble meaning

tŭmbəl
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.

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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.

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To come to a sudden understanding; catch on.

Tumbled to the reality that he had been cheated.

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To stumble or trip.
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(informal) To have sexual intercourse.
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To come upon accidentally; happen on.

We tumbled on a fine restaurant.

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To perform acrobatic feats such as somersaults, rolls, or twists.
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To cause to fall or collapse; bring down.

The earthquake tumbled the wall.

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To put, spill, or toss haphazardly.

Tumbled the extra parts into a box.

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To toss or whirl in a drum, tumbler, or tumbling box.

The dryer tumbles the clothes.

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To cause to lose position, status, or fortune.

A scandal tumbled the government.

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An act of tumbling; a fall.
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A decrease, as in value.

Home prices took a tumble.

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A confused or disordered collection or amount of something.

A tumble of shacks by the river.

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To do somersaults, handsprings, or similar acrobatic or gymnastic feats.
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To toss about or roll around.
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To move, go, issue, etc. in a hasty, awkward, or disorderly manner.
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To have sudden awareness or understanding of some situation.
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To cause to tumble; make fall, overthrow, topple, roll over, etc.
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To put into disorder by or as by tossing here and there; disarrange.
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To whirl in a tumbler.
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The act or an instance of tumbling.
  • A somersault, handspring, etc.
  • A fall or decline.
  • A stumble.
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Disorder; confusion.
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A confused heap.
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A fall.

I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.

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(intransitive) To fall end over end.
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To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.

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To roll over and over.
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To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
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To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.

To tumble a bed.

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give (or get) a tumble
  • To give (or get) some favorable or affectionate notice, attention, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

give (<i>or</i> 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