tum·​bler | \ ˈtəm-blər \

Definition of tumbler 

1 : one that tumbles: such as
a : one who performs tumbling feats : acrobat
b : any of various domestic pigeons that tumble or roll over backward in flight or on the ground
2 : a drinking glass without foot or stem and originally with pointed or convex base
3a : a movable obstruction in a lock (such as a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or pin) that must be adjusted to a particular position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
b : a piece on which the mainspring acts in a gun's lock
4 : a device or mechanism for tumbling (such as a revolving cage in which clothes are dried)
5 : a worker who operates a tumbler

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Other Words from tumbler

tumblerful \ ˈtəm-​blər-​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Examples of tumbler in a Sentence

She drank a tumbler of water. a gymnast who's a skillful tumbler

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Here, 16 other items that will make any warm-weather activity that much better, from a House of Hackney lounge chair with a playful palm print, to a gold pineapple tumbler, to a modern infuser that will double as a centerpiece. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cindy Sherman’s New Pool Float Will Add Wonderful Weirdness to Any Summer Party," 19 July 2018 Champagne glasses, wooden cutting boards, liquor bottles, and drink tumblers are just a few of the items which can be decorated with names, designs and custom requests. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This small Louisville leather shop makes golf bags for the president," 31 May 2018 Together, the two companies have created six items — three 16-ounce canteens and three 16-ounce tumblers — featuring three different motifs. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Rifle Paper Co.'s Iconic Designs Are Coming To Water Bottles & Tumblers," 12 June 2018 Two merchandise carts are offering limited edition Toy Story Land opening shirts and mugs, light-up plastic tumblers, a Slinky Dog headband and special Magic Bands among other items. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Toy Story Land first look: Details bring attraction to life," 28 June 2018 Many metal straws are also dishwasher safe, bendable and are also made to fit most tumblers and cups. Gina Martinez, Time, "Starbucks Is Ditching Plastic Straws. Here Are 3 of the Most Common Alternatives," 9 July 2018 For example, are pricey compost tumblers really necessary? Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Curious about composting? Learn more at one of these free L.A. classes," 22 June 2018 All of Hydro Flask's insulated bottles and tumblers are on sale right now, and I especially like their water bottle for kids. Wired Staff, WIRED, "22 of the Best Fourth of July Tech Deals," 3 July 2018 The teas come in distinctive tumbler-like cups or sleek cylindrical bottles. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Berkeley-based boba shop with Davis store to open in Downtown Commons," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tumbler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tumbler

: a glass used for drinking that has a flat bottom and no stem or handle

: the amount of liquid held in a tumbler

: a person who performs athletic movements that involve rolling or turning along the ground or through the air


tum·​bler | \ ˈtəm-blər \

Kids Definition of tumbler

1 : a person (as an acrobat) who tumbles
2 : a drinking glass
3 : a movable part of a lock that must be adjusted (as by a key) before the lock will open

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