What does rabble mean?

Definitions for rabble
ˈræb əlrab·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mob, rabble, routnoun

    a disorderly crowd of people

  2. rabble, riffraff, ragtag, ragtag and bobtailnoun

    disparaging terms for the common people


  1. rabblenoun

    A mob; collectively, commoners; a disorderly group.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RABBLEnoun

    A tumultuous croud; an assembly of low people.

    Etymology: rabula, Lat. rabulari, low Lat.

    Countrymen, will ye relent, and yield to mercy,
    Or let a rabble lead you to your deaths? William Shakespeare.

    Go bring the rabble here to this place. William Shakespeare.

    Of these his several ravishments, betrayings, and stealing away of men’s wives, came in all those ancient fables, and all that rabble of Grecian forgeries. Walter Raleigh.

    The better sort abhors scurrility,
    And often censures what the rabble like. Wentworth Dillon.

    That profane, atheistical, epicurean rabble, whom the whole nation so rings of, are not the wisest men in the world. Robert South, Sermons.

    To gratify the barbarous audience, I gave them a short rabble scene, because the mob are represented by Plutarch and Polybius with the same character of baseness and cowardice. John Dryden, Cleomenes. Preface to.

    In change of government,
    The rabble rule their great oppressors fate,
    Do sov’reign justice and revenge the state. Dryden.

    His enemies have been only able to make ill impressions upon the low and ignorant rabble, and to put the dregs of the people in a ferment. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 24.


  1. rabble

    Rabble refers to a disorganized or disorderly crowd of people; often used to describe a mob or a crowd engaging in some kind of protest or public disturbance. It can sometimes carry a negative connotation, suggesting the people involved are from a lower social class or are behaving in a chaotic or unruly manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rabblenoun

    an iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling

  2. Rabbleverb

    to stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron

  3. Rabbleverb

    to speak in a confused manner

  4. Rabbleverb

    a tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng

  5. Rabbleverb

    a confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter

  6. Rabbleadjective

    of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar

  7. Rabbleverb

    to insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a curate

  8. Rabbleverb

    to utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without intelligence

  9. Rabbleverb

    to rumple; to crumple

  10. Etymology: [Probably named from the noise made by it (see Rabble, v. i.) cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F. rapaille.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rabble

    rab′l, n. a disorderly, noisy crowd: a mob: the lowest class of people.—adj. disorderly.—v.i. to utter nonsense.—v.t. (Scot.) to mob.—ns. Rabb′lement, a tumultuous crowd of low people; Rabb′ling (Scot.), the act of assaulting in a disorderly manner, mobbing. [Allied to Old Dut. rabbelen, to gabble, Prov. Ger. rabbeln.]

  2. Rabble

    rab′l, n. an iron bar used in puddling.—v.t. to stir with a rabble.—n. Rabb′ler. [O. Fr. roable (Fr. râble)—L. rutabulum, a poker.]

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  1. barbel

  2. labber

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabble in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rabble in a Sentence

  1. Epicurus:

    I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.

  2. Sir Thomas Browne:

    There is a rabble among the gentry as well as the commonalty; a sort of plebeian heads whose fancy moves with the same wheel as these men?in the same level with mechanics, though their fortunes do sometimes gild their infirmities and their purses compound for their follies.

  3. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel:

    Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.

  4. Dwayne Palmer:

    He joked around a lot. He was the life of the family, he wasn't a perfect person, but certainly not somebody that's a rabble-rouser, fighting, starting trouble or anything like that. He was a loving person.

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