What does tumble mean?

Definitions for tumble
ˈtʌm bəltum·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tumble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tumble(noun)

    an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

  2. spill, tumble, fall(verb)

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  3. tumble, topple(verb)

    fall down, as if collapsing

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

  4. topple, tumble, tip(verb)

    cause to topple or tumble by pushing

  5. tumble(verb)

    roll over and over, back and forth

  6. whirl, tumble, whirl around(verb)

    fly around

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

  7. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)

    fall apart

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

  8. tumble(verb)

    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 it(verb)

    understand, usually after some initial difficulty

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

  10. tumble(verb)

    fall suddenly and sharply

    "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"

  11. tumble(verb)

    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. tumble(verb)

    suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

  13. tumble(verb)

    do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully


  1. tumble(Noun)

    A fall

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

  2. tumble(Verb)

    To fall end over end.

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

  3. tumble(Verb)

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

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

  4. tumble(Verb)

    To roll over and over.

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

  5. tumble(Verb)

    To have sexual intercourse.

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

  6. tumble(Verb)

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

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

  7. tumble(Verb)

    To muss, to make disorderly to tousle.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tumble(verb)

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

  2. Tumble(verb)

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

  3. Tumble(verb)

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

  4. Tumble(verb)

    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. Tumble(verb)

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

  6. Tumble(noun)

    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. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

  2. Donna Orender:

    I think that what we wanted was to give the girls the chance to get a step up on us, that they would be able to have insights and learnings and connections that we didn't have at their age that would enable them to navigate a world that is pretty rough and tumble and tricky but full of positives and possibles, we don't want them to have to say' I wish I would have known,'.

  3. Mark Schickman:

    She's really claiming that she can be in the rough and tumble at the highest level, so she can't break down too easily.

  4. 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.

  5. Liu Jingde:

    After yesterday's tumble, we are still seeing energy and banks backing down but the scope of the back down won't be that great.

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Translations for tumble

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  • Sturz, stolpernGerman
  • πέσειGreek
  • caer, caída, revolverseSpanish
  • kuperkeikka, kupsahtaa, heittää kuperkeikkaaFinnish
  • dégringoler, culbuterFrench
  • bukfencezikHungarian
  • անկումArmenian
  • veltaIcelandic
  • rovinare, crollare, precipitare, caduta, ruzzolare, cadereItalian
  • 공중제비Korean
  • porohuri, turupēpeke, turupekeMāori
  • tuimelenDutch
  • cair, tomboPortuguese
  • опрокидываться, падение, упасть, рушиться, обрушиться, падать, опрокинутьсяRussian
  • జారిపడుTelugu

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