plural noun

um·​bles ˈəm-bəlz How to pronounce umbles (audio)
: the edible viscera of an animal (such as a deer or hog)

Word History


Middle English, alteration of noumbles, from Old French nombles loins, alteration of lumbles, from Latin lumbuli, diminutive of lumbi, plural of lumbus loin — more at loin

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of umbles was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Umbles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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