See also: Rumble


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From Middle English rumblen, romblen, rummelyn, frequentative form of romen (to roar), equivalent to rome +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch rommelen (to rumble), Low German rummeln (to rumble), German rumpeln (to be noisy), Danish rumle (to rumble), all of imitative origin.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɹʌmb(ə)l/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl


rumble (plural rumbles)

  1. A low, heavy, continuous sound, such as that of thunder or a hungry stomach.
    The rumble from passing trucks made it hard to sleep at night.
  2. (slang) A street fight or brawl.
  3. A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
  4. (dated) A seat for servants, behind the body of a carriage.
    • 1840-1841, Charles Dickens, Master Humphrey's Clock:
      Kit, well wrapped, [] was in the rumble behind.



rumble (third-person singular simple present rumbles, present participle rumbling, simple past and past participle rumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a low, heavy, continuous sound.
    If I don't eat, my stomach will rumble.
    I could hear the thunder rumbling in the distance.
  2. (transitive) To discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour.
    The police is going to rumble your hideout.
  3. (intransitive) To move while making a rumbling noise.
    The truck rumbled over the rough road.
  4. (slang, intransitive) To fight; to brawl.
  5. (video games, intransitive, of a game controller) to provide haptic feedback by vibrating.
  6. (transitive) To cause to pass through a rumble, or polishing machine.
  7. (obsolete) To murmur; to ripple.
    • circa 1580, Edmund Spenser, “The Tears of the Muses”, in Complaints[1], published 1591:
      The trembling streams which wont in channels clear
      To rumble gently down with murmur soft, []




  1. An onomatopoeia describing a rumbling noise