Definition of rabble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈræbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈræbl//
    [singular + singular or plural verb] (disapproving)
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  1. 1a large group of noisy people who are or may become violent synonym mob a drunken rabble He was met by a rabble of noisy, angry youths.
  2. 2the rabble ordinary people or people who are considered to have a low social position synonym the masses a speech that appealed to the rabble
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘string of meaningless words’ and ‘pack of animals’): perhaps related to dialect rabble ‘to gabble’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rabble