tumbler

noun

tum·​bler ˈtəm-blər How to pronounce tumbler (audio)
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
3
a
: 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
tumblerful noun

Example Sentences

She drank a tumbler of water. a gymnast who's a skillful tumbler
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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 tumbler was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tumbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbler. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tumbler

noun
tum·​bler ˈtəm-blər How to pronounce tumbler (audio)
1
: a person (as an acrobat) who tumbles
2
: a pigeon that often tumbles backward in flight
3
: a drinking glass
a water tumbler
4
: a movable part in a lock that must be adjusted (as by a key) before the lock will open

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