Definition of rumble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rumble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rumble
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmbl//
     
    he / she / it rumbles
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmblz//
     
    past simple rumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmbld//
     
    past participle rumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmbld//
     
    -ing form rumbling
    BrE BrE//ˈrʌmblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌmblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to make a long deep sound or series of sounds The machine rumbled as it started up. thunder rumbling in the distance I'm so hungry my stomach's rumbling.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and heavily, making a rumbling sound tanks rumbling through the streets The train rumbled nearer.
  3. 3[transitive] rumble somebody (British English, informal) to discover the truth about somebody or what they are trying to hide They knew they had been rumbled.
  4. 4[intransitive] (North American English, informal) (of a gang of young people) to fight against another gang
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch rommelen, rummelen, of imitative origin. Sense 3 of the verb may be a different word.Extra examples My stomach rumbled noisily. I’m so hungry my stomach’s rumbling. They could hear thunder rumbling in the distance. Phrasal Verbsrumble on
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