• A low, heavy, continuous sound, such as that of thunder or a hungry stomach.
  • A street fight or brawl.
  • A rotating cask or box in which small articles are smoothed or polished by friction against each other.
  • A seat for servants, behind the body of a carriage.


  • To make a low, heavy, continuous sound.
  • To discover deceitful or underhanded behaviour.
  • To move while making a rumbling noise.
  • To fight; to brawl.
  • to provide haptic feedback by vibrating.
  • To cause to pass through a rumble, or polishing machine.
  • To murmur; to ripple.



  • From Middle English rumblen, romblen, rummelyn, frequentative form of romen, equivalent to rome + -le. Cognate with Dutch rommelen ("to rumble"), Low German rummeln ("to rumble"), German rumpeln ("to be noisy"), Danish rumle ("to rumble"), all of imitative origin.

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