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