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



    BrE BrE//ˈtʌmbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌmbl//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a sudden fall The jockey took a nasty tumble at the third fence. Share prices took a sharp tumble following news of the merger. see also rough and tumble
  2. 2[singular] tumble (of something) an untidy group of things a tumble of blond curls
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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 Her hair fell in a golden tumble around her shoulders. Share prices took a tumble following the election. an untidy tumble of buildings Share prices took a tumble following news of the merger.
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