From Middle English rumblen, romblen, rummelyn, frequentative form of romen (“to roar”), equivalent to rome + -le. Cognate with Dutch rommelen (“to rumble”), Low German rummeln (“to rumble”), German rumpeln (“to be noisy”), Danish rumle (“to rumble”).
- An onomatopoeia describing a rumbling noise
rumble (plural rumbles)
|the sound of the rumble of thunder
- 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.
- Charles Dickens
- Kit, well wrapped, […] was in the rumble behind.
low, heavy, continuous sound
- Czech: rachot m, lomoz m, burácení n, dunění (cs) n
- Dutch: rommeling f (thunder)
- Finnish: ryminä, jyrinä, jyry, jytinä, jylinä, jyminä, jymy (fi)
- French: borborygme (fr) m (stomach), gargouillement (fr) m (stomach), grondement (fr) m (thunder)
- German: Poltern n, Rumpeln n, (thunder) Grollen (de) n
- Hungarian: morgás (hu), dörmögés (hu), dörgés (hu), dörmögés (hu)
rumble (third-person singular simple present rumbles, present participle rumbling, simple past and past participle rumbled)
- 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.
- To discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour.
- The police is going to rumble your hideout.
- To move while making a rumbling noise.
- The truck rumbled over the rough road.
- (slang) To fight; to brawl.
- (transitive) To cause to pass through a rumble, or polishing machine.
- (obsolete) To murmur; to ripple.
- to rumble gently down with murmur soft
to make a low pitched noise
- Albanian: gjëmoj (sq)
- Czech: rachotit, lomozit, burácet, dunět, hřmět (cs)
- Finnish: jyristä (fi), jymistä, rymistä; kurista (fi) (of stomach)
- French: gronder (fr)
- German: rumpeln; (stomach:) knurren (de)
- Hungarian: (stomach:) korog, morog (hu), dörmög (hu)
- Maori: whakarūrū, wheoro, kokō, whēorooro
to discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour
to move while making a rumbling noise