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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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 Keep up with all the latest free agency news, rumors and rumblings from NBA insiders below: A look at who will be available during a big summer of free agency., "NBA free agency tracker 2019: Latest rumors and news," 27 June 2019 Yet there is no sign of the livid clouds running up from the south-eastern horizon which serve as its evening harbingers, rising and roiling, filling the sky with their rumbling and the night with veiled lightning. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 But those rumblings mean that some candidates may be ready to pick a fight — regardless of who else is on the stage — as a way of getting noticed in a field of more than two dozen contenders. James Pindell,, "The Democratic debates begin tomorrow. Here’s what to watch for," 26 June 2019 Test flights will bring overhead rumblings to the Washington area Saturday through Monday, authorities said Friday. Washington Post, "Man is charged with sexual assault," 20 Apr. 2018 But anonymous rumblings on message boards have been anything but generous, often suggesting that the college-counseling office was responsible for students not getting into selective schools. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Parents Gone Wild: High Drama Inside D.C.’s Most Elite Private School," 5 June 2019 Since the exit last year of its longtime chief David Karp, and the sale of the site to Verizon, rumblings that Tumblr is finally finished have abounded. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Moreover, Comcast executives probably see the decline as temporary and not entirely related to the hostile bid rumblings. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "As Disney Moves Forward With Fox, Comcast Continues Plotting," 20 May 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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