Rabble
Rabble Rab"ble, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it (see {Rabble}, v. i.) cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F. rapaille.] 1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng. [1913 Webster]

I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons. --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter. [1913 Webster]

{The rabble}, the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. ``The rabble call him `lord.''' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Rabble — Rab ble, a. Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar. [R.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rabble — ► NOUN 1) a disorderly crowd. 2) (the rabble) ordinary people regarded as socially inferior or uncouth. ORIGIN perhaps related to dialect rabble «to gabble» …   English terms dictionary

  • rabble — rabble1 [rab′əl] n. [ME rabel < ? or akin to ML rabulus, brawling, noisy < L rabula, a brawling advocate < rabere: see RABID] a noisy, disorderly crowd; mob vt. rabbled, rabbling to attack as or by a rabble; mob the rabble the common… …   English World dictionary

  • Rabble — Rab ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rabbled} (r[a^]b b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rabbling} (r[a^]b bl[i^]ng).] 1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The bishops carriages were stopped and the prelates… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • rabble — (n.) c.1300, pack of animals, possibly related to M.E. rablen speak in a rapid, confused manner, probably imitative of hurry and confusion (Cf. M.Du. rabbelen, Low Ger. rabbeln to chatter ). Meaning tumultuous crowd of people is first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Rabble — Rab ble, v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln, to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. {Rage}.] To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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