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tumble

[tuhm-buh l] /ˈtʌm bəl/
verb (used without object), tumbled, tumbling.
1.
to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one's footing, support, or equilibrium; plunge headlong:
to tumble down the stairs.
2.
to roll end over end, as in falling:
The stones tumbled down the hill.
3.
to fall or decline rapidly; drop:
Prices on the stock market tumbled today.
4.
to perform gymnastic feats of skill and agility, as leaps or somersaults.
5.
to fall suddenly from a position of power or authority; suffer overthrow:
As one dictator tumbles, another is rising to take his place.
6.
to fall in ruins, as from age or decay; collapse; topple:
The walls of the old mansion tumbled down upon the intruders.
7.
to roll about by turning one way and another; pitch about; toss.
8.
to stumble or fall (usually followed by over):
to tumble over a sled.
9.
to go, come, get, etc., in a hasty and confused way:
The people tumbled out of the theater. He tumbled hurriedly into his clothes.
10.
Informal. to understand or become aware of some fact or circumstance (often followed by to):
He finally tumbled to what they were doing.
11.
Rocketry. (of a missile) to rotate without control end over end.
verb (used with object), tumbled, tumbling.
12.
to cause to fall or roll end over end; throw over or down.
13.
to throw or toss about; cause disarray, as in handling or searching.
14.
to put in a disordered or rumpled condition.
15.
to throw, cast, put, send, etc., in a precipitate, hasty, or rough manner.
16.
to cause to fall from a position of authority or power; overthrow; topple:
They tumbled him from his throne.
17.
to cause to fall or collapse in ruins:
The wreckers tumbled the walls of the building.
18.
to subject to the action of a tumbling box.
noun
19.
an act of tumbling or falling.
20.
a gymnastic or acrobatic feat.
21.
an accidental fall; spill.
22.
a drop in value, as of stocks.
23.
a fall from a position of power or authority:
The great director took a tumble when he was replaced by a newcomer.
24.
a response indicating interest, affection, etc.:
She wouldn't give me a tumble.
25.
tumbled condition; disorder or confusion.
26.
a confused heap:
a tumble of papers, ashes, pens, and keys on the desk.
27.
Chiefly New England. a haycock.
Idioms
28.
take a tumble to, Australian Slang. to come to understand.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English tum(b)len to dance in acrobatic style (cognate with Dutch tuimelen, Low German tummeln), frequentative of Middle English tomben, Old English tumbian, (cognate with Old Norse tumba, akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel (perhaps < OLG); compare French tomber to fall < Gmc); see -le
Related forms
untumbled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untumbled

tumble

/ˈtʌmbəl/
verb
1.
to fall or cause to fall, esp awkwardly, precipitately, or violently
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by about. to roll or twist, esp in playing: the kittens tumbled about on the floor
3.
(intransitive) to perform leaps, somersaults, etc
4.
to go or move in a heedless or hasty way
5.
(transitive) to polish (gemstones) in a tumbler
6.
(transitive) to disturb, rumple, or toss around: to tumble the bedclothes
noun
7.
the act or an instance of tumbling
8.
a fall or toss
9.
an acrobatic feat, esp a somersault
10.
a decrease in value, number, etc: stock markets have taken a tumble
11.
a state of confusion
12.
a confused heap or pile: a tumble of clothes
See also tumble to
Word Origin
Old English tumbian, from Old French tomber; related to Old High German tūmōn to turn
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Word Origin and History for untumbled

tumble

v.

c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of Old English tumbian "dance about," of unknown origin. Related to Middle Low German tummelen "to turn, dance," Dutch tuimelen "to tumble," Old High German tumon, German taumeln "to turn, reel." Related: Tumbled; tumbling. Tumble-down (1791) originally meant "habitually falling down" and was used first of horses; sense of "in a dilapidated condition" is recorded from 1818.

n.

1716, from tumble (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for untumbled

tumble

noun

A response indicating interest, affection, etc

verb

To be arrested; fall, trip (1901+ Underworld)

Related Terms

give someone a tumble


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