tum·​bler | \ ˈtəm-blər How to pronounce tumbler (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tumbler (audio) \ noun

Examples of tumbler in a Sentence

She drank a tumbler of water. a gymnast who's a skillful tumbler
Recent Examples on the Web Iced coffee fans need a travel mug that speaks to their needs, and this tumbler is it. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Black Rifle Coffee will open Saturday at 5 a.m. at 5121 Rufe Snow Drive, with the first 50 customers receiving a Yeti tumbler and free coffee refills for a year. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 11 June 2021 Even Contigo's customer-favorite insulated tumbler, which is great for keeping drinks cool on the go, is on sale for just $12. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2021 For optimal results, preheat the tumbler for a couple of minutes. Dan Q. Dao, Forbes, 18 June 2021 His signature Smoked Old Fashioned is a show unto itself, the tumbler given smoky flavor via a fiery blast of cherry wood, maple, oak or cedar, depending on his mood. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2021 The Moonstone tumbler has been a minimalist’s dream with a sleek design that never fails to keep my beverage of choice warm. Julie Tong, Vogue, 2 May 2021 Build the cocktail by adding all ingredients into a highball glass (or preferred glass tumbler) over ice; stir gently. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2021 Starbucks patrons already love the brand’s ceramic travel tumbler. Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tumbler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tumbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbler. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce tumbler (audio) \

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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