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v. rum·bled, rum·bling, rum·bles
1. To make a deep, long, rolling sound.
2. To move or proceed with a deep, long, rolling sound.
3. Slang To engage in a gang fight.
1. To utter with a deep, long, rolling sound.
2. To polish or mix (metal parts) in a tumbling box.
1. A deep, long, rolling sound.
2. A tumbling box.
3. A luggage compartment or servant's seat in the rear of a carriage.
4. Slang
a. Pervasive, widespread expression of unrest or dissatisfaction.
b. A gang fight.

[Middle English romblen, perhaps from Middle Dutch rommelen or from Middle Low German rummeln.]

rum′bler n.
rum′bling·ly adv.
rum′bly adj.


(ˈrʌm blɪŋ)

1. Often, rumblings. the first signs of dissatisfaction or grievance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rumbling - a loud low dull continuous noiserumbling - a loud low dull continuous noise; "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
Adj.1.rumbling - continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound; "the rumbling rolling sound of thunder"
full - (of sound) having marked deepness and body; "full tones"; "a full voice"


n [thunder] → grondement m; [traffic] → grondement m; [stomach] → gargouillement m rumblings
rumblings of discontent → des murmures de mécontentement


(of thunder)Grollen nt no pl; (of cannon)Donnern nt no pl; (of stomach)Knurren nt no pl; (of train, truck)Rumpeln nt no pl
rumblings plGerüchte pl; there are rumblings that …man munkelt, dass …


[ˈrʌmblɪŋ] n (of stomach, thunder, pipe) → brontolio; (of traffic) → ronzio
References in classic literature ?
And away he went, rumbling out the words with his strong voice and a relish which was good to see as well as hear.
Uncas did as the other had directed, and when the voice of Hawkeye ceased, the roar of the cataract sounded like the rumbling of distant thunder.
He loved the old rumbling and jolting carts, the former track of which he still found in his long-buried remembrance, as the observer of to-day finds the wheel-tracks of ancient vehicles in Herculaneum.
There was a low rumbling of heavy sea-boots among the benches, and a still slighter shuffling of women's shoes, and all was quiet again, and every eye on the preacher.
And now," said master, "when you have got your breath, James, we'll get out of this place as quickly as we can," and we were moving toward the entry, when from the market-place there came a sound of galloping feet and loud rumbling wheels.
The great mills were getting under way--one could hear a vast stirring, a rolling and rumbling and hammering.
Windows were rattling, shutters flapping, and wind carousing, rumbling, and tumbling down the chimney, and, every once in a while, puffing out smoke and ashes, as if a legion of spirits were coming after them.
While we still gazed and enjoyed, the ruin was suddenly enveloped in rolling and rumbling volumes of vaporous green fire; then in dazzling purple ones; then a mixture of many colors followed, then drowned the great fabric in its blended splendors.
bumble-umble-um-bum-bum- bum-bum -- and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit -- and then RIP comes an- other flash and another sockdolager.
The old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro.
Recalled by the rumbling of wheels to the road before me, I saw a heavily-laden waggon labouring up the hill, and not far beyond were two cows and their drover.
So I chattered on; and Heathcliff gradually lost his frown and began to look quite pleasant, when all at once our conversation was interrupted by a rumbling sound moving up the road and entering the court.