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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹæbəl/
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  • Rhymes: -æbəl

Etymology 1Edit

First attested since 1300s, from Middle English rablen (to ramble; rave; speak in a confused manner), cognate with Middle Dutch rabbelen (to talk; chatter; trifle), Low German rabbeln, robbeln (to chatter; prattle).

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VerbEdit

rabble (third-person singular simple present rabbles, present participle rabbling, simple past and past participle rabbled)

  1. (intransitive) To speak in a confused manner; talk incoherently; utter nonsense
  2. (transitive) To speak confusedly or incoherently; gabble or chatter out

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English rabel, probably from the verb (see above).

NounEdit

rabble (plural rabbles)

  1. (obsolete) A bewildered or meaningless string of words.
  2. (obsolete) A pack of animals; or any confused collection of things.
  3. A mob; a disorderly crowd. [from late 14th c.]
  4. (contemptuous, derogatory) The mass of common people; the lowest class of populace. [from 1550s]
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Etymology 3Edit

Old French roable (modern French râble), from Latin rutabulum (a poker).

NounEdit

rabble (plural rabbles)

  1. An iron bar used in puddling.

VerbEdit

rabble (third-person singular simple present rabbles, present participle rabbling, simple past and past participle rabbled)

  1. (transitive) To stir with a rabble.
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