English [ edit ]
Alternative forms [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , rumblen , romblen , frequentative form of rummelyn romen ( “ to roar ” ), equivalent to + rome . Cognate with -le Dutch rommelen ( “ to rumble ” ), Low German rummeln ( “ to rumble ” ), German rumpeln ( “ to be noisy ” ), Danish rumle ( “ to rumble ” ), all of imitative origin.
Pronunciation [ edit ]
rumble ( plural )
the sound of the rumble of thunder ( file)
A low, heavy, continuous sound, such as that of
thunder or a hungry stomach.
The rumble from passing trucks made it hard to sleep at night.
( slang ) A street fight or brawl. A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
( dated ) A seat for servants, behind the body of a carriage.
1840-1841, Charles Dickens, Master Humphrey's Clock: Kit, well wrapped, [… ] was in the rumble behind. 1838 (date written) , L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter I, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances., volume I, London: [ … ] Henry Colburn, [ … ] , published 1842, , OCLC 1000392275 page 2: "I never was so sorry for any thing as for Mr. Glentworth's death," said Isabella Granard, endeavouring to screen her face from a small, sharp rain, to which her place in the rumble of a travelling carriage left her quite exposed.
Translations [ edit ]
low, heavy, continuous sound
тътен (bg) m ( tǎten ), буботене (bg) n ( bubotene ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 轟隆 , (zh) 轰隆 (zh) ( hōnglóng ), 隆隆聲 , (zh) 隆隆声 (zh) ( lónglóngshēng ) Czech:
rachot , m lomoz , m burácení , n dunění (cs) n Danish:
rommeling (nl) f ( thunder ) Finnish:
, ryminä jyrinä , (fi) , jyry jytinä , (fi) jylinä , (fi) jyminä , (fi) jymy (fi) French:
borborygme (fr) (stomach), m gargouillement (fr) (stomach), m grondement (fr) (thunder) m German:
Poltern , n Rumpeln , n ( thunder ) Grollen (de) n Hungarian: morgás , (hu) dörmögés , (hu) dörgés , (hu) dörmögés (hu)
tormán m Italian:
sferragliamento , m rombo (it) , m rimbombo (it) m Maori:
, wheoro , pioro wawā Norwegian:
rumling c Persian:
غرنبه (fa) ( qorombe ), کنور (fa) ( konur ) ( thunder ) Portuguese:
ronco (pt) , m ribombo m Russian:
гро́хот (ru) m ( gróxot ), громыха́ние (ru) n ( gromyxánije ), грохота́нье (ru) n ( groxotánʹje ) Swedish:
dån (sv) , n buller (sv) n Turkish:
homurtu , (tr) gümbürtü , (tr) ( thunder ) gürleme (tr) Walloon: groûlaedje (wa) , m groûlmint (wa) m
rumble ( third-person singular simple present , rumbles present participle , rumbling simple past and past participle )
( intransitive ) To make a low, heavy, continuous sound.
If I don't eat, my stomach will rumble. I could hear the thunder rumbling in the distance.
( transitive ) To discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour.
The police is going to rumble your hideout.
( intransitive ) To move while making a rumbling noise.
The truck rumbled over the rough road. 2021 March 7, David Hytner, “Manchester United catch City cold as Fernandes and Shaw end winning run”, in The Guardian :  Henderson, beginning a mini-run in the team with David de Gea on paternity leave, threw out to the left flank and Shaw had only one thought – to rumble upfield.
( slang , intransitive ) To fight; to brawl.
( video games , intransitive , of a game controller ) to provide haptic feedback by vibrating.
( transitive ) To cause to pass through a rumble, or polishing machine. ( obsolete ) To murmur; to ripple.
, 1580 circa Edmund Spenser, “The Tears of the Muses”, in Complaints , published 1591:  The trembling streams which wont in channels clear To rumble gently down with murmur soft, [… ]
Translations [ edit ]
to make a low pitched noise
, whakarūrū , wheoro , kokō , whēorooro , pioro haruru Norwegian:
rumle (no) Occitan:
rebombir , (oc) roncar (oc) Polish:
dudnić (pl) , impf tętnić impf Portuguese:
roncar (pt) Quechua:
грохота́ть (ru) impf ( groxotátʹ ), громыха́ть (ru) impf ( gromyxátʹ ) Spanish:
retumbar , (es) rugir (es) ( stomach ) Swedish:
rumla , (sv) kurra , (sv) morra , (sv) gny (sv) Walloon:
groûler (wa) ǃXóõ: kxʻāa
to discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour
to move while making a rumbling noise
Interjection [ edit ]
An onomatopoeia describing a rumbling noise
Anagrams [ edit ]