- 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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move slowly and heavily, making a rumbling sound tanks rumbling through the streets The train rumbled nearer.
- 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[intransitive] (North American English, informal) (of a gang of young people) to fight against another gang 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
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//