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rab·ble 1

 (răb′əl)
n.
1. A tumultuous crowd; a mob.
2. The lowest or unrefined class of people. Often used with the.
3. A group of persons regarded with contempt: "After subsisting on the invisible margins of the art scene ... he was 'discovered' in the mid-80's, along with a crowd of like-minded rabble from the East Village" (Richard B. Woodward).

[Middle English.]

rab·ble 2

 (răb′əl)
n.
1. An iron bar used to stir and skim molten iron in puddling.
2. Any of various similar tools or mechanically operated devices used in roasting or refining furnaces.
tr.v. rab·bled, rab·bling, rab·bles
To stir or skim (molten iron) with an iron bar.

[French râble, fire shovel, from Old French roable, from Medieval Latin rotābulum, from Latin rutābulum, from rutus, past participle of ruere, to rake up, tumble down.]

rab′bler n.

rabble

(ˈræbəl)
n
1. a disorderly crowd; mob
2. the rabble derogatory the common people
[C14 (in the sense: a pack of animals): of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Middle Dutch rabbelen to chatter, rattle]

rabble

(ˈræbəl)
n
(Metallurgy) Also called: rabbler an iron tool or mechanical device for stirring, mixing, or skimming a molten charge in a roasting furnace
vb
(Metallurgy) (tr) to stir, mix, or skim (the molten charge) in a roasting furnace
[C17: from French râble, from Latin rutābulum rake for a furnace, from ruere to rake, dig up]

rab•ble1

(ˈræb əl)

n., v. -bled, -bling. n.
1. a disorderly crowd; mob.
2. the rabble, the lower classes; the common people.
v.t.
3. to beset as a rabble does; mob.
[1350–1400; Middle English rabel (n.)]

rab•ble2

(ˈræb əl)

n., v. -bled, -bling. Metall. n.
1. a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
v.t.
2. to stir (a charge) in a roasting furnace.
[1655–65; < French râble fire-shovel, tool, Middle French raable < Latin rutābulum implement for shifting hot coals]
rab′bler, n.

Rabble

 a pack, string, or swarm of animals or insects; a crowd or array of disorderly people, 1513; the low or disorderly part of the populace; a disorderly collection; a confused medley.
Examples: rabble of appetites, passions and opinions, 1768; of bees; of books, 1803; of butterflies; of ceremonies, 1562; of licentious deities, 1741; of discourse, 1656; of dishes; of flies, 1847; of friars, 1560; of gnats; of insects; of monks, 1560; of murderers, 1792; of opinions, 1768; of passions, 1861; of people, 1635; of mean and light persons, 1568; of pictures, 1581; of scholastic precepts, 1589; of priests, 1529; of readers, 1691; of reasons, 1641; of remedies, 1633; of schoolmen, 1671; of strangers, 1840; of uncommanded traditions, 1545; of womenhood, 1847; of words, 1388.

rabble


Past participle: rabbled
Gerund: rabbling

Imperative
rabble
rabble
Present
I rabble
you rabble
he/she/it rabbles
we rabble
you rabble
they rabble
Preterite
I rabbled
you rabbled
he/she/it rabbled
we rabbled
you rabbled
they rabbled
Present Continuous
I am rabbling
you are rabbling
he/she/it is rabbling
we are rabbling
you are rabbling
they are rabbling
Present Perfect
I have rabbled
you have rabbled
he/she/it has rabbled
we have rabbled
you have rabbled
they have rabbled
Past Continuous
I was rabbling
you were rabbling
he/she/it was rabbling
we were rabbling
you were rabbling
they were rabbling
Past Perfect
I had rabbled
you had rabbled
he/she/it had rabbled
we had rabbled
you had rabbled
they had rabbled
Future
I will rabble
you will rabble
he/she/it will rabble
we will rabble
you will rabble
they will rabble
Future Perfect
I will have rabbled
you will have rabbled
he/she/it will have rabbled
we will have rabbled
you will have rabbled
they will have rabbled
Future Continuous
I will be rabbling
you will be rabbling
he/she/it will be rabbling
we will be rabbling
you will be rabbling
they will be rabbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rabbling
you have been rabbling
he/she/it has been rabbling
we have been rabbling
you have been rabbling
they have been rabbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rabbling
you will have been rabbling
he/she/it will have been rabbling
we will have been rabbling
you will have been rabbling
they will have been rabbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rabbling
you had been rabbling
he/she/it had been rabbling
we had been rabbling
you had been rabbling
they had been rabbling
Conditional
I would rabble
you would rabble
he/she/it would rabble
we would rabble
you would rabble
they would rabble
Past Conditional
I would have rabbled
you would have rabbled
he/she/it would have rabbled
we would have rabbled
you would have rabbled
they would have rabbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rabble - a disorderly crowd of peoplerabble - a disorderly crowd of people  
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
lynch mob - a mob that kills a person for some presumed offense without legal authority
2.rabble - disparaging terms for the common people
common people, folk, folks - people in general (often used in the plural); "they're just country folk"; "folks around here drink moonshine"; "the common people determine the group character and preserve its customs from one generation to the next"
scum, trash - worthless people

rabble

noun
1. mob, crowd, herd, swarm, horde, throng, canaille a rabble of gossip columnists
2. (Derogatory) commoners, proletariat, common people, riffraff, crowd, masses, trash (chiefly U.S. & Canad.), scum, lower classes, populace, peasantry, dregs, hoi polloi, the great unwashed (derogatory), canaille, lumpenproletariat, commonalty They are forced to socialise with the rabble.
commoners elite, upper classes, aristocracy, nobility, bourgeoisie, gentry, high society

rabble

noun
A group of persons regarded as the lowest class:
Slang: scum.
Idioms: scum of the earth, tag and rag, the great unwashed.
Translations
رَعاع، غَوْغاء
dav
hob
csőcselék
skríll, múgur
triukšminga minia
drūzmapūlis
ayaktakımıdüzensiz kalabalık

rabble

[ˈræbl] N (= disorderly crowd) → gentío m, muchedumbre f, mogollón m (Sp)
the rabble (= uncultured people) → la chusma
a rabble ofuna multitud turbulenta de

rabble

[ˈræbəl] n (pejorative)populace frabble-rousing [ˈræbəlraʊzɪŋ] n
Critics have accused him of rabble-rousing → Ses détracteurs l'ont accusé de fomenter des troubles.

rabble

n (= disorderly crowd)lärmende Menge, lärmender Haufen (inf); (pej: = lower classes) → Pöbel m

rabble

:
rabble-rouser
nHetzer(in), Volksverhetzer(in) m(f)
rabble-rousing
nHetze f, → Volksverhetzung f
adj(auf)hetzerisch

rabble

[ˈræbl] nconfusione f di gente
the rabble (pej) → il popolino, la plebaglia

rabble

(ˈrӕbl) noun
a noisy, disorderly crowd.
References in classic literature ?
But there are a rabble of uncertain, fugitive, half-fabulous whales, which, as an American whaleman, I know by reputation, but not personally.
The position appeared by no means to please him, however, with an increasing rabble surrounding the coach, deriding him, making grimaces at him, and incessantly groaning and calling out: "Yah
And how short while would these rabble villains stand to endure your encounter
After about two hours the court retired, and I was left with a strong guard, to prevent the impertinence, and probably the malice of the rabble, who were very impatient to crowd about me as near as they durst; and some of them had the impudence to shoot their arrows at me, as I sat on the ground by the door of my house, whereof one very narrowly missed my left eye.
But of you," he cried, "base and vile rabble, I make no account; fling, strike, come on, do all ye can against me, ye shall see what the reward of your folly and insolence will be.
Had the acute-angled rabble been all, without exception, absolutely destitute of hope and of ambition, they might have found leaders in some of their many seditious outbreaks, so able as to render their superior numbers and strength too much even for the wisdom of the Circles.
While Moreau and Montgomery and their bestial rabble chased me through the island, might I not go round the beach until I came to their enclosure,--make a flank march upon them, in fact, and then with a rock lugged out of their loosely-built wall, perhaps, smash in the lock of the smaller door and see what I could find(knife, pistol, or what not) to fight them with when they returned?
Our servile rabble applauded, but I attacked him, not from compassion for the girls and their fathers, but simply because they were applauding such an insect.
exclaimed mine host, "I did not think it likely your excellency would have chosen to mingle with such a rabble as are always collected on that hill, which, indeed, they consider as exclusively belonging to themselves.
Really this wretched rabble has driven me to extremities.
Upheld by their armed strength, I set my foot upon the rabble, and defy them
After dinner it was whispered in town there would be a mob at night, and that Paxton, Hallowell, the custom-house, and admiralty officers' houses would be attacked; but my friends assured me that the rabble were satisfied with the insult I had received and that I was become rather popular.