rum·​bling | \ ˈrəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rumbling (audio) \

Definition of rumbling

1 : rumble
2 : general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction usually used in plural rumblings of political trouble— Anthony Burgess

Examples of rumbling in a Sentence

There were rumblings about rising prices.

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And in Northern Ireland, there were rumblings of Irish unity — which could only come at the expense of its ties to the rest of the United Kingdom. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: If you like your healthcare plan ...," 2 Aug. 2019 There were rumblings of unease on the Republican side as well. Alana Abramson, Time, "Trump Drops Ratcliffe as Pick for Top Intelligence Job," 2 Aug. 2019 This was the first time Shayk was spotted back at work since rumblings of a split with Cooper. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Irina Shayk sports sexy black leather look on the runway amid Bradley Cooper split rumors," 14 June 2019 But already, there are rumblings of concern among the Iranian public. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 The economic growth rate in France has slowed this year and forecasts are being weakened by rumblings of a trade war triggered by the Trump administration. Shefali Anand, WSJ, "Commercial Property in France Enjoys the Macron Effect," 2 July 2018 Ever since Bexar County commissioners decided in October 2017 to file a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, there have been rumblings that the city might follow the county’s example. Gilbert Garcia,, "City needs to move quickly on opioid litigation," 3 July 2019 Matisse Thybulle, senior, Washington small forward There are rumblings that Thybulle has a promise from someone in the early 20s, likely the Thunder (No. 21) or 76ers (No. 24). Connor Letourneau,, "NBA draft: Seven players Warriors might target, plus other names to know," 19 June 2019 There are rumblings that things could change, however, in light of other allegations against famous men, as well as the efforts of both the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Natalie Hope Mcdonald, The Cut, "Bill Cosby Does Surprise Stand-up at Philly Club," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rumbling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rumbling was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of rumbling

: a low, heavy, continuous sound or series of sounds
: written or spoken comments showing that people are unhappy about something

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