tumble

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From Middle English tumblen; frequentative of Middle English tumben, from Old English tumbian.

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tumble (plural tumbles)

  1. A fall.
    I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.

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tumble (third-person singular simple present tumbles, present participle tumbling, simple past and past participle tumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To fall end over end.
    • South
      He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
  2. To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Rowe to this entry?)
  3. To roll over and over.
  4. (informal) To have sexual intercourse.
  5. (transitive) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
  6. To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
    to tumble a bed

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