Tumble - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtʌmbl|  American pronunciation of the word tumble
Brit.  |ˈtʌmb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word tumble


- an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
- a sudden drop from an upright position (syn: fall, spill)
- fall down, as if collapsing (syn: topple)
- cause to topple or tumble by pushing (syn: tip, topple)
- roll over and over, back and forth
- fly around (syn: whirl)
- fall apart (syn: break down, collapse, crumble, crumple)
- throw together in a confused mass
- understand, usually after some initial difficulty (syn: catch on, cotton on, twig)
- fall suddenly and sharply
- put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
- suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
- do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully


He tripped and tumbled to the ground.

The statue came tumbling down during the riots.

The satellite was tumbling out of control.

She slipped and tumbled down the hill.

Everyone came tumbling out of the bar at closing time.

He tumbled into bed and fell asleep.

Water tumbled over the rocks.

...cleaned a crazy tumble of buttons, hair bands, loose change, and old candy wrappers out from the couch cushions...

...took a little tumble on the ice...

He tripped over a stone and tumbled.

That old building could tumble down any day now.

The noblest monuments will shortly tumble into ruins.

We should tumble to pieces without you.

Don't tumble down on this easy test.

He tried to build a house of cards but it soon tumbled over.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tumble
he/she/it: tumbles
present participle: tumbling
past tense: tumbled
past participle: tumbled
singular: tumble
plural: tumbles
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