What does tumble mean?

Definitions for tumble
ˈtʌm bəltum·ble

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tumble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tumblenoun

    an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

  2. spill, tumble, fallverb

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  3. tumble, toppleverb

    fall down, as if collapsing

    "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"

  4. topple, tumble, tipverb

    cause to topple or tumble by pushing

  5. tumbleverb

    roll over and over, back and forth

  6. whirl, tumble, whirl aroundverb

    fly around

    "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"

  7. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapseverb

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  8. tumbleverb

    throw together in a confused mass

    "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"

  9. catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, twig, get itverb

    understand, usually after some initial difficulty

    "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

  10. tumbleverb

    fall suddenly and sharply

    "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"

  11. tumbleverb

    put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying

    "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"

  12. tumbleverb

    suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

  13. tumbleverb

    do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully


  1. tumblenoun

    A fall

  2. tumbleverb

    To fall end over end.

  3. tumbleverb

    To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.

  4. tumbleverb

    To roll over and over.

  5. tumbleverb

    To have sexual intercourse.

  6. tumbleverb

    To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.

  7. tumbleverb

    To muss, to make disorderly to tousle.

  8. Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tumblenoun

    A fall.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    A country-fellow got an unlucky tumble from a tree: why, says a passenger, I could have taught you a way to climb, and never hurt yourself with a fall. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Tumbleverb

    When it came to the ears of Maximilian, and tumbling it over and over in his thoughts, that he should at one blow be defeated of the marriage of his daughter and his own, he lost all patience. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    A man by tumbling his thoughts, and forming them into expressions, gives them a new fermentation, which works them into a finer body. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    They tumbled all their little quivers o’er,
    To chuse propitious shafts. Matthew Prior.

    The mind often sets itself on work in search of some hidden ideas; though sometimes they are rouzed and tumbled out of their dark cells into open day-light by some turbulent passions. John Locke, Works.

    Wilt thou still be hammering treachery,
    To tumble down thy husband and thyself,
    From top of honour to disgrace’s feet? William Shakespeare.

    King Lycurgus, while he fought in vain,
    His friend to free, was tumbled on the plain. Dryden.

    If a greater force than his holds him fast, or tumbles him down, he is no longer free. John Locke.

  3. To TUMBLEverb

    Etymology: tomber, Fr. tommelen, Dutch; tombolare, Italian.

    Though the treasure
    Of nature’s germins tumble all together,
    Answer me. William Shakespeare.

    When riches come by the course of inheritance and testaments, they come tumbling upon a man. Francis Bacon.

    To stand or walk, to rise or tumble,
    As matter and as motion jumble. Matthew Prior.

    Sisyphus lifts his stone up the hill; which carried to the top, it immediately tumbles to the bottom. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I saw at the bottom of one tree a gentleman bound with many garters hand and foot, so as well he might tumble and toss. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Glo’ster stumbled, and in falling struck me
    Into the tumbling billows of the main. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Reform our sense, and teach the men t’obey;
    They’ll leave their tumbling, if you lead the way. Nicholas Rowe.


  1. tumble

    Tumble refers to the act or process of falling, rolling, or moving in a clumsy, sudden, or uncontrolled way, often rapidly or repeatedly. It can also refer to a significant or rapid decline in value, number, quality, or state. In terms of gymnastics, tumble refers to a series of acrobatic moves such as somersaults and flips performed in a quick and skillful manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tumbleverb

    to roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses

  2. Tumbleverb

    to roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold

  3. Tumbleverb

    to play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat

  4. Tumbleverb

    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 papers

  5. Tumbleverb

    to disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed

  6. Tumblenoun

    act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tumble

    tum′bl, v.i. to fall: to come down suddenly and violently: to roll: to twist the body, as a mountebank: to fall rapidly, as prices: to go hastily: (slang) to understand, twig.—v.t. to throw headlong: to turn over: to throw about while examining: to disorder, rumple.—n. act of tumbling: a fall: a rolling over, a somersault: confusion.—ns. Tum′ble-bug, one of several kinds of scarabæoid beetles, which roll up balls of dung to protect their eggs; Tum′ble-car, a one-horse car.—adj. Tum′ble-down, dilapidated.—ns. Tum′bler, one who tumbles: one who plays any of the feats or tricks of the acrobat or contortionist: a large drinking-glass, so called because formerly, having a pointed base, it could not be set down without tumbling: a kind of domestic pigeon, so called from its tumbling on the wing: a kind of greyhound: a kind of spring-latch in a lock, preventing the bolt being shot in either direction: a piece attached to the hammer of a firearm lock, receiving the thrust of the mainspring and forcing the hammer forward so as to strike and explode the charge: a porpoise: one of a gang of London street ruffians early in the 18th century, whose favourite frolic was to set women on their heads: a tumbril: one of a set of levers from which hang the heddles in some looms; Tum′blerful, as much as will fill a tumbler; Tum′bler-stand, a tray for tumblers, as in connection with a soda-water fountain; Tum′bler-tank, in plumbing, a flush-tank in which water gathers in one chamber before being tilted over so as to discharge its contents; Tum′bler-wash′er, a revolving stand fitted with projecting pipes on which tumblers are hung to be washed automatically; Tum′ble-weed, a name given to several plants whose globular flowering heads are detached in autumn and rolled about, scattering their seed; Tum′bling, the act of falling.—adj. Tum′bly, uneven.—Tumble in, or home, to incline in above the extreme breadth, of a ship's sides: to fit, as a piece of timber into other work: to go to bed; Tumble over, to toss about carelessly, to upset: to fall over; Tumble to (slang), to comprehend; Tumble up, to get out of bed: to throw into confusion. [A.S. tumbian; cf. Old High Ger. tūmilōn (Ger. taumeln), Ice. tumba, to dance.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tumble in a Sentence

  1. Jason Griggs:

    We had some nice success, and our third partner encouraged us to expand the brand locally, so we opened two other locations, our partner was the business guy, and we were essentially investors. We put a lot of faith in him. But there was a lack of attention, and those two locations took a bit of a tumble. Then our partner just disappeared.

  2. George Herbert:

    By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself: see what thy soul doth wear. Dare to look in thy chest; for 'Tis thine own: And tumble up and down what thou findst there. Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, he breaks up house, turns out of doors his mind.

  3. Bill Magness:

    We can't let ourselves tumble into a situation where, by acting prematurely -- I hate to say it because it's been such a long event -- but by acting prematurely to completely close it off that we end up in that blackout that could last, you know, an indeterminate amount of time.

  4. Tom Bernard:

    He was a great manager, but it was a rough and tumble environment and he liked to throw a piece of meat in a cage and see who got it.

  5. Lakshheish M Patel:

    The share price of Jindal Saw Ltd is likely to reach Rs.83-81 today and that of ONGC is likely to touch Rs.152-150, but the market likely to tumble in the fag end.

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  • Sturz, stolpernGerman
  • πέσειGreek
  • caída, revolverse, caerSpanish
  • kupsahtaa, heittää kuperkeikkaa, kuperkeikkaFinnish
  • culbuter, dégringolerFrench
  • bukfencezikHungarian
  • անկումArmenian
  • veltaIcelandic
  • cadere, ruzzolare, caduta, precipitare, rovinare, crollareItalian
  • 공중제비Korean
  • turupēpeke, turupeke, porohuriMāori
  • tuimelenDutch
  • tombo, cairPortuguese
  • обрушиться, рушиться, опрокинуться, упасть, падение, падать, опрокидыватьсяRussian
  • జారిపడుTelugu

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. askant
    • B. splay
    • C. tantamount
    • D. inexpiable

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