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rabble1

[rab-uh l] /ˈræb əl/
noun
1.
a disorderly crowd; mob.
2.
the rabble, the lower classes; the common people:
The nobility held the rabble in complete contempt.
verb (used with object), rabbled, rabbling.
3.
to beset as a rabble does; mob.
Origin of rabble1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rabel (noun), of uncertain origin

rabble2

[rab-uh l] /ˈræb əl/ Metallurgy
noun
1.
a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
verb (used with object), rabbled, rabbling.
2.
to stir (a charge) in a roasting furnace.
Origin
1655-65; < French râble fire-shovel, tool, Middle French raable < Latin rutābulum implement for shifting hot coals, equivalent to *rutā(re) presumed frequentative of ruere to churn up, disturb + -bulum suffix of instrument
Related forms
rabbler, noun
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  • Stonor was there, too, of course, standing grimly apart from the rabble.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • It is the day of the Dantons, and the Marats, the day of the rabble.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • He had easily rid himself of the rabble vanguard by sending them to their doom in Asia Minor.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • And are these people—this rabble that you talk of—received as my papa's guests?

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • The rabble were better at witch-hunts than a government was.

    Check and Checkmate Walter Miller
British Dictionary definitions for rabble

rabble1

/ˈræbəl/
noun
1.
a disorderly crowd; mob
2.
(derogatory) the rabble, the common people
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: a pack of animals): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle Dutch rabbelen to chatter, rattle

rabble2

/ˈræbəl/
noun
1.
Also called rabbler. an iron tool or mechanical device for stirring, mixing, or skimming a molten charge in a roasting furnace
verb
2.
(transitive) to stir, mix, or skim (the molten charge) in a roasting furnace
Word Origin
C17: from French râble, from Latin rutābulum rake for a furnace, from ruere to rake, dig up
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Word Origin and History for rabble
n.

c.1300, "pack of animals," possibly related to Middle English rablen "to gabble, speak in a rapid, confused manner," probably imitative of hurry, noise, and confusion (cf. Middle Dutch rabbelen, Low German rabbeln "to chatter"). Meaning "tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people" is from late 14c.; applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace from 1550s.

iron bar for stirring molten metal, 1864, from French râble, from Old French roable, from Latin rutabulum "rake, fire shovel," from ruere to rake up (perhaps cognate with Lithuanian raju "to pluck out," German roden "to root out").

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