Simple Definition of rabble
: a large group of loud people who could become violent
the rabble : ordinary or common people who do not have a lot of money, power, or social status
Full Definition of rabble
1 : a disorganized or confused collection of things
2 a : a disorganized or disorderly crowd of people : mob b : the lowest class of people
Examples of rabble in a sentence
<the crown prince was reminded that even the rabble of the realm deserved his attention and compassion>
Did You Know?
Rabble has been with the English language since its appearance in Middle English (as "rabel") in the late 1300s. It may have come from the Middle English verb "rabel" which meant "to babble." (Despite the similarity in sound and meaning, however, "babble" and "rabble" are unrelated.) The verb "rabel" is related to Middle Dutch "rabbelen" and Low German rabbeln, meaning "to chatter." So how do we get from babbling to crowds of people? The connection may be the idea of confusion. "Rabble," in its earliest uses could not only indicate a pack of animals, swarm of insects, or a confused collection of things, but could also indicate a confused or meaningless string of words.
Origin of rabble
Middle English rabel pack of animals
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of rabble
rabbledrabbling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
: to insult or assault by or as a mob
First Known Use of rabble
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