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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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

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Kitchen cabinets: All your cups and glasses will become tumblers, when a quake hurls them past the cabinet doors and onto the floor. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 Dear Heloise: Why are tall plastic drinking glasses called tumblers? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate the Fourth!," 4 July 2019 On Monday, July 1, McAlister's Deli holds Free Tumbler Day where the first 20 guests in line at participating locations will get a free 32-ounce reusable tea tumbler. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "July deals: How and where to get free food – from chicken to ice cream – plus discounts," 1 July 2019 Grab a tumbler of cold brew the size of your head. Sling a thermos of your best Italian brew over your shoulder. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Krispy Kreme Wants To Give You A Free Doughnut Tomorrow – No Strings Attached," 7 June 2019 There are several different types of stemware and tumblers, which may be interchanged from drink to drink. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Kumiko Is a New Bar in Chicago That Will Instantly Transport You to Japan," 11 June 2019 Brown Dog Farm has more tulips and anemones at the market this week, while Rob Wells at Hatcher Pass Dahlias has dahlia starts at clearance prices, along with tumbler tomato baskets, nasturtium baskets and zucchini starts. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 It's being released in two styles: as a large classic jar, and as a large 2-wick tumbler. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle's First-Ever Scent Of The Year Is Here, And It’s So Refreshing," 16 Jan. 2019 Items up for grabs range from cups and tumblers, to serving utensils and salt and pepper shakers. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Your Old Tupperware May Be Worth a Lot More Than You Think," 13 Feb. 2019

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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 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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