tumbler

noun tum·bler \ ˈtəm-blər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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
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

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of tumbler in a Sentence

  1. She drank a tumbler of water.

  2. a gymnast who's a skillful tumbler

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First Known Use of tumbler

14th century


TUMBLER Defined for English Language Learners

tumbler

noun

Definition of tumbler for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TUMBLER Defined for Kids

tumbler

noun tum·bler \ ˈtəm-blər \

Definition of tumbler for Students

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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