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 tumblerful (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 With this tumbler, your drink will always be the perfect temperature. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "A huge Hydro Flask sale is happening at Dick’s Sporting Goods," 2 July 2020 Currently, all Hydro Flasks and drinkware is up for grabs at 25% off at REI, with this Hydro Flask Skyline wine tumbler, once $29.95, dropping down to $16.93. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "REI is having a massive 4th of July sale and these are the top deals," 26 June 2020 Dallas police officers stopped by with a tumbler full of yellow roses. Dallas News, "In days since Dallas woman’s fatal shooting, loved ones grieving loss of ultimate ‘go-giver’," 7 June 2020 His phone and a heavy tumbler of Scotch on the porcelain ledge, the Scotch not exactly condoned by his doctors. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 These 22-ounce transparent tumblers are embossed with a floral pattern for a pretty decorative touch. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Target's New Outdoor Tableware Will Make You Want to Eat on the Patio Every Night," 27 May 2020 There’s formal crystal or casual tumblers with a cobalt blue ring on the top (each less than $50 for a set of six). oregonlive, "Host a sweet Mother’s Day brunch at home or afar with fancy teas and treats," 30 Apr. 2020 Puts two tumblers down on the cart top and drops in ice from a mini-fridge by the sink. Han Ong, The New Yorker, "Futures," 23 Mar. 2020 On the nights someone in a mask and gloves drops off fried chicken, meatloaf or pizza, paper towels serve as napkins and wine goes into tumblers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Food critic Tom Sietsema on what we lose when restaurants close," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tumbler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2020

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“Tumbler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbler. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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