rumble

[ruhm-buhl]
verb (used without object), rumbled, rumbling.
1.
to make a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound, as thunder.
2.
to move or travel with such a sound: The train rumbled on.
3.
Slang. to have or take part in a street fight between or among teenage gangs: Rival gangs rumbled on Saturday afternoon.
verb (used with object), rumbled, rumbling.
4.
to give forth or utter with a rumbling sound: to rumble a command.
5.
to cause to make or move with a rumbling sound: to rumble a wagon over the ground.
6.
to subject to the action of a rumble or tumbling box, as for the purpose of polishing.
noun
7.
a deep, heavy, somewhat muffled, continuous sound: the rumble of tanks across a bridge.
9.
a rear part of a carriage containing seating accommodations, as for servants, or space for baggage.
11.
Slang. a street fight between rival teenage gangs.

Origin:
1325–75; 1940–45 for def 3; (v.) Middle English romblen, rumblen; compare Dutch rommelen, probably of imitative orig.; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

rumbler, noun
rumblingly, adverb


1. roar, thunder, roll, boom.
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rumble (ˈrʌmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to make or cause to make a deep resonant sound: thunder rumbled in the sky
2.  to move with such a sound: the train rumbled along
3.  (tr) to utter with a rumbling sound: he rumbled an order
4.  (tr) to tumble (metal components, gemstones, etc) in a barrel of smooth stone in order to polish them
5.  informal (Brit) (tr) to find out about (someone or something); discover (something): the police rumbled their plans
6.  slang (US) (intr) to be involved in a gang fight
 
n
7.  a deep resonant sound
8.  a widespread murmur of discontent
9.  another name for tumbler
10.  slang (US), (Canadian), (NZ) a gang fight
 
[C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch rummelen; related to German rummeln, rumpeln]
 
'rumbler
 
n
 
'rumbling
 
adj
 
'rumblingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

rumble
late 14c., probably related to M.Du. rommelen "to rumble," M.H.G. rummeln, O.N. rymja "to shout, roar," all of imitative origin. The noun is attested from late 14c. Slang noun meaning "gang fight" is from 1946. Meaning "backmost part of a carriage" is from 1808 (earlier rumbler, 1801), probably from
the effect of sitting over the wheels; hence rumble seat (1912).
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Slang Dictionary

rumble definition


  1. in.
    to fight. : The gangs are rumbling over on Fourth Street.
  2. n.
    a fight; a street fight; a gang fight. : My brother was hurt in a gang rumble.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
One hears the thumping of a car stereo or the rumble of thunder from a distance.
Next year will see more efforts to rumble the scofflaws.
One hears the throaty rumble of an old but powerful engine.
We learned that semis rumble down the highway all night.
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