rum·​ble | \ ˈrəm-bəl How to pronounce rumble (audio) \
rumbled; rumbling\ ˈrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce rumble (audio) \

Definition of rumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a low heavy rolling sound thunder rumbling in the distance
2 : to travel with a low reverberating sound wagons rumbled into town
3 : to speak in a low rolling tone
4 : to engage in a rumble

transitive verb

1 : to utter or emit in a low rolling voice
2 British : to reveal or discover the true character of



Definition of rumble (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a low heavy continuous reverberating often muffled sound (as of thunder)
b : low frequency noise in phonographic playback caused by the transmission of mechanical vibrations by the amin to the pickup
2 : a seat for servants behind the body of a carriage
3a : widespread expression of dissatisfaction or unrest
b : a street fight especially among gangs

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rumbler \ ˈrəm-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce rumble (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for rumble

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of rumble in a Sentence

Verb Thunder rumbled in the distance. The train rumbles through town twice a day. We watched as the trucks rumbled past. The gangs rumbled in the alley. Noun I was awakened by the rumble of a train passing by.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, told The Washington Post that the British monarchy under Elizabeth, even without one of its most stalwart figures, will rumble on. Washington Post, "Britain’s goodbye to Philip: A pared-down funeral, minute of silence and a solitary queen in a chapel," 17 Apr. 2021 People yell, and military vehicles rumble across the yard right under Crayton's balcony, leaving deep tracks in the mud. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "'It's absolutely terrorizing': Residents near Brooklyn Center unrest rattled by clashes, tear gas," 14 Apr. 2021 For example, when dinosaurs stomp, stomp, stomp down a hill, the chairs will rumble with them. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Owners spent 2 years remodeling lavish $10M Bloomfield Township mansion," 10 Apr. 2021 This Day in Weather History April 4th 1928: Severe thunderstorms rumble through east central Minnesota. Star Tribune, "Quiet, Warm Weather For Easter Sunday - Heavier Rain For The Work Week," 3 Apr. 2021 Rescuers learned of the dog’s plight when he was spotted Sunday not on the bridge deck, but atop one of the stone piers that juts from the river to support the structure as trains rumble across. Washington Post, "Dog bolts from owner in D.C.; found next day stranded on a rail bridge," 31 Mar. 2021 Insurance and legal claims from companies whose vessels have been delayed and whose shipments have been disrupted are likely to rumble on for some time to come, according to maritime arbitrator Jeffrey Blum. NBC News, "Suez Canal is open again, but impact of Ever Given saga will be felt for some time," 30 Mar. 2021 In Povalikhino, logging trucks rumble through town, sending up splashes of dirty water from potholes on the main street. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "She Used to Clean City Hall. Now, She Runs It.," 24 Oct. 2020 When the full complement of MPF prototypes arrives at Fort Bragg, soldiers will learn their capabilities and determine whether an IBCT can consistently keep the light tanks ready to rumble. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Two Light Tank Prototypes Battle for the Future of Army Firepower," 7 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rumble of the three warbirds faded in the distance, quickly replaced by the gentle rustling of nylon parachute canopies fluttering above the drop zone. Luke Sharrett, NBC News, "Celebrating the 'greatest generation': Re-enactment marks 100th birthday of WWII veteran," 27 Apr. 2021 One day in Miami or South Beach will demonstrate how this is the perfect city for a car show, as the rumble of Ferraris and other power vehicles push back against the Atlantic Ocean waves crashing upon the nearby shores. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "More Reasons To Visit South Florida In 2021," 26 Apr. 2021 Downpours and even a rumble of thunder, especially south of town, are possible by late night. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: More springlike in the days ahead. Rain chances arrive late Saturday.," 23 Apr. 2021 Stanton's homers sent a rumble through the ballpark and New York's dugout. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Stanton homers twice, powering Yankees past Indians 5-3," 23 Apr. 2021 We, who can feel the rumble and pulse of it begging beneath the concrete. Gala Mukomolova,, "Your Horoscope This Week: 18th April 2021," 19 Apr. 2021 There’s a little bit of an upper-level disturbance combining with the stronger April sunshine for Monday afternoon and early evening, and this could yield a pop-up shower or rumble of thunder., "A beautiful day is on tap for Tuesday before cold and showers arrive," 19 Apr. 2021 That said, the ENACFIRE A9 do a pretty reasonable job of cutting out continuous and droning sounds like the hum of an aircraft engine or the rumble of a noise traveling on a road. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "These ENACFIRE A9 True Wireless Earbuds Are An Absolute Steal," 5 Apr. 2021 And there’s an incessant rumble of cars and trucks, punctuated by the occasional blaring of a horn and screeching of brakes. Los Angeles Times, "Column: L.A. should take a lesson from Sacramento on how to clear a homeless encampment," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rumble


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rumble


Middle English; akin to Middle High German rummeln to rumble

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The first known use of rumble was in the 15th century

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20 Apr 2021

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“Rumble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a low, heavy, continuous sound or series of sounds
: to move along with a low, heavy, continuous sound
US, informal + old-fashioned : to fight especially in the street



English Language Learners Definition of rumble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low, heavy sound or series of sounds
US, informal + old-fashioned : a fight in the street especially between gangs


rum·​ble | \ ˈrəm-bəl How to pronounce rumble (audio) \
rumbled; rumbling

Kids Definition of rumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or move with a low heavy continuous sound A truck rumbled by.



Kids Definition of rumble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low heavy rolling sound a rumble of thunder

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