rum·​bling ˈrəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rumbling (audio)
: rumble
: general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction
usually used in plural
rumblings of political trouble Anthony Burgess

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Example Sentences

There were rumblings about rising prices.
Recent Examples on the Web The included 6 amp hour battery has enough muscle to run for 80 minutes at the lowest speed—without that annoying rumbling sound an idling gas engine makes. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 His rakish eyebrows lift, and the 47-year-old musician lets loose a rumbling, tires-plowing-through-asphalt sound with a wild edge to it. Mary Colurso |, al, 30 Aug. 2022 The spot is mostly tranquil, apart from the activity of rowers and the rumbling of cars on the nearby Ashland Avenue Bridge. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 Thankfully, Lucas has a killer right hook, and the two take to rumbling. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 July 2022 This welcome rumbling was the reason thousands gathered on the sand, at businesses, and packed nearby roof tops, as the two-day 2022 Fort Lauderdale Air Show, which included 15 performers, was underway. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 On Friday, with Fiserv Forum rumbling and the Bucks prepared to ride that early wave, Smart steadied Boston with 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter. Globe Staff,, 14 May 2022 When the swarm of earthquakes began to take place, scientists at research stations on King George Island were the first to feel the rumbling of the Earth. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 2 May 2022 Some California residents last week finally figured out the source of strange rumbling and snoring noises in their home — a mother bear and her four cubs had been hibernating beneath the South Lake Tahoe house. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rumbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 25 Sep 2022

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