1350-1400;Middle Englishrabel (noun), of uncertain origin
[rab-uh l] /ˈræb əl/
a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
verb (used with object), rabbled, rabbling.
to stir (a charge) in a roasting furnace.
1655-65; < Frenchrâble fire-shovel, tool, Middle Frenchraable < Latinrutābulum implement for shifting hot coals, equivalent to *rutā(re) presumed frequentative of ruere to churn up, disturb + -bulum suffix of instrument
c.1300, "pack of animals," possibly related to M.E. rabeln "speak in a rapid, confused manner," probably imitative of hurry and confusion (cf. M.Du. rabbelen, Low Ger. rabbeln "to chatter"). Meaning "tumultuous crowd of people" is first recorded 1513; applied contemptuously to the common or low part of any populace from 1553. Rabble-rousing first attested 1802 in Sydney Smith.