tumble
I. verb (tumbled; tumbling) Etymology: Middle English, frequentative of tumben to dance, from Old English tumbian; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to fall suddenly and helplessly b. to suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat c. to decline suddenly and sharply (as in price) ; drop <
the stock market tumbled
>
d. to fall into ruin ; collapse 2. a. to perform gymnastic feats in tumbling b. to turn end over end in falling or flight 3. to roll over and over, to and fro, or end over end ; toss 4. to issue forth hurriedly and confusedly 5. to come by chance ; stumble 6. to come to understand ; catch on <
didn't tumble to the seriousness of the problem
>
transitive verb 1. to cause to tumble (as by pushing or toppling) 2. a. to throw together in a confused mass b. rumple, disorder 3. to whirl in a tumbling barrel II. noun Date: 1634 1. a. a disordered mass of objects or material b. a disorderly state 2. an act or instance of tumbling

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  • tumble — [tum′bəl] vi. tumbled, tumbling [ME tumblen, freq. of tumben < OE tumbian, to fall, jump, dance; akin to Ger tummeln, taumeln < OHG * tumalon, freq. of tumon, to turn < IE base * dheu , to be turbid > DULL] 1. to do somersaults,… …   English World dictionary

  • Tumble — Tum ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tumbling}.] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel, to stagger.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tumble — Tum ble, v. t. 1. To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; sometimes with over, about, etc.; as, to tumble books or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumble — (v.) c.1300, to perform as an acrobat, also to fall down, perhaps from a frequentative form of O.E. tumbian dance about, of unknown origin. Related to M.L.G. tummelen to turn, dance, Du. tuimelen to tumble, O.H.G. tumon, Ger. taumeln to turn,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tumble — ► VERB 1) fall suddenly, clumsily, or headlong. 2) move in a headlong manner. 3) decrease rapidly in amount or value. 4) rumple; disarrange. 5) (tumble to) informal come to understand; realize. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • Tumble — Tum ble, n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumble — index agitate (shake up), disorganize, subvert, upset Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tumble — [v] fall or make fall awkwardly bowl down, bring down, descend, dip, disarrange, disarray, disorder, disturb, do a pratfall, down, drop, fall headlong*, flatten, floor, flop, go belly up*, go down, hit the dirt*, jumble, keel, keel over, knock… …   New thesaurus

  • tumble — I n. (colloq.) fall 1) to take a tumble 2) a bad, nasty tumble (she took a nasty tumble) 3) a tumble from sign of recognition 4) to give smb. a tumble (they wouldn t give us a tumble) II v. 1) (d; intr.) to tumble into (to tumble into bed) 2) (d; …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tumble — I UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms tumble : present tense I/you/we/they tumble he/she/it tumbles present participle tumbling past tense tumbled past participle tumbled 1) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much… …   English dictionary

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