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Definition of rumbling

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

Examples of rumbling in a Sentence

There were rumblings about rising prices.
Recent Examples on the Web Then the two stopped showing up on each other's social media accounts, and there were rumblings of a friend break. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kristin Cavallari and Kelly Henderson: How Things Got So Messy Between Them," 29 Apr. 2020 There have been rumblings of such a season ever since Chris Harrison and Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss started tweeting about possible seasons fans would want to relive. Kathryn Lindsay,, "This Is What The Bachelor Is Doing Instead Of Bachelor In Paradise," 29 Apr. 2020 Four games into a schedule that usually went seven, there were rumblings of a fifth contest. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "The story of 1918 IU football, amid the ‘flu’ epidemic," 27 Mar. 2020 But closer to home, there have been rumblings of potential impacts on U.S. production. Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus in China slows FCA production in Europe; plant to restart this month," 14 Feb. 2020 There were rumblings of discontent within the host committee over several months but little tangible evidence. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After the firings: What does the leadership shake-up mean for the 2020 DNC in Milwaukee?," 5 Feb. 2020 There are also rumblings of potential discontent within the top ranks of Russian politics, as well as outrage from opposition figures and parties -- which Russia, unlike China, still tolerates. James Griffiths, CNN, "Putin may be following Xi's lead, but he's nowhere near as secure as the Chinese leader," 15 Jan. 2020 At first, there were clear and loud rumblings of support. New York Times, "Prince Harry and Meghan Stepping Back, Explained," 11 Jan. 2020 With some Zimbabweans openly claim things were better under Mugabe, reports indicated that in President Mnangagwa’s own ZANU-PF party there are rumblings of major discontent, and that some party officials are calling for his head. Fox News, "Concerns over Robert Mugabe's health grow, ex-Zimbabwe strongman in Singapore hospital for 4 months," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rumbling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rumbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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