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 troubleAnthony Burgess

Examples of rumbling in a Sentence

There were rumblings about rising prices.
Recent Examples on the Web Since then, its rumblings have become a part of daily life for those living close by. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Options are limited, but there’s rumblings that at least one Western Conference team has interest. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 In terms of comeback rumblings, the French duo was said to be playing the 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony, a rumor that was quickly shot down by their team last fall. Katie Bain, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 So far, there have been no rumblings from within the show about Gillis. Seth Simons, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The soon-to-be 38-year-old was effective in his 52 games with the Brewers, and rumblings indicated Milwaukee was staying in touch with Santana before news of Hoskins surfaced. Journal Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2024 After Dolly Parton voiced her support for Beyoncé becoming the first Black woman to achieve a No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, there were rumblings that the country icon could make an appearance on the superstar’s upcoming album, Act II. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2024 Others are using the cables as an ultra-sensitive instrument for detecting volcanic eruptions and earthquakes: Unlike a traditional seismometer stuck in one place, a web of fiber optic cables can cover a whole landscape, providing unprecedented detail of Earth’s rumblings at different locations. Matt Simon, WIRED, 31 Jan. 2024 But there have always been rumblings about who Mordecai really was. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 2 Mar. 2024

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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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“Rumbling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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