- 1[intransitive, transitive] tumble (somebody/something) + adv./prep. to fall downwards, often hitting the ground several times, but usually without serious injury; to make somebody/something fall in this way He slipped and tumbled down the stairs.
- 2[intransitive] tumble (down) to fall suddenly and in a dramatic way The scaffolding came tumbling down. (figurative) World records tumbled at the last Olympics. see also tumbledown
- 3[intransitive] to fall rapidly in value or amount The price of oil is still tumbling.
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move or fall somewhere in a relaxed, uncontrolled, or noisy way I undressed and tumbled into bed. A group of noisy children tumbled out of the bus. The water tumbled over the rocks. Thick golden curls tumbled down over her shoulders. (figurative) Her words came tumbling out.
- 5[intransitive] to perform acrobatics on the floor, especially somersaults (= a jump in which you turn over completely in the air) a tumbling troupe Word Origin Middle English (as a verb, also in the sense ‘dance with contortions’): from Middle Low German tummelen; compare with Old English tumbian ‘to dance’. The sense was probably influenced by Old French tomber
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tumble
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmbl//he / she / it tumbles
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmblz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmblz//past simple tumbled
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmbld//past participle tumbled
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmbld//-ing form tumbling
BrE BrE//ˈtʌmblɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmblɪŋ//