Other forms: rumbled; rumbles

Are you ready to rumble? To rumble is to throw down, or fight. If you hear a truck rumble down your street, don’t put up your dukes — to rumble also means to make a low, deep sound.

Thunder rumbles just before you see lightning flash, and dogs sometimes rumble a low warning growl when they see someone unfamiliar. As a noun, rumble can mean "a low sound," “a seat in the back of a carriage” (the rumble seat) or " a street fight." It's a little old fashioned today to call a gang brawl a rumble, but if you've ever seen the movie "West Side Story," you've seen the rumble between the Jets and the Sharks.

Definitions of rumble
  1. verb
    utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
    synonyms: growl, grumble
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  2. verb
    make a low noise
    rumbling thunder”
    synonyms: grumble
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  3. noun
    a loud low dull continuous noise
    synonyms: grumble, grumbling, rumbling
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  4. noun
    a servant's seat (or luggage compartment) in the rear of a carriage
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    type of:
    any support where you can sit (especially the part of a chair or bench etc. on which you sit)
  5. noun
    a fight between rival gangs of adolescents
    synonyms: gang fight
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    type of:
    combat, fight, fighting, scrap
    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle




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