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

     

    tumble

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3[intransitive] to fall rapidly in value or amount The price of oil is still tumbling.
  4. 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. 5[intransitive] to perform acrobatics on the floor, especially somersaults (= a jump in which you turn over completely in the air) a tumbling troupe
  6. 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 ‘to fall’. The noun, first in the sense ‘tangled mass’, dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Profits have tumbled from £15 billion to just £3 billion. She tumbled through the front door and collapsed in a heap. The news sent shares tumbling. The river tumbled over boulders. They all tumbled out of the minibus. We tumbled down into the hole. Phrasal Verbstumble to somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tumble