Definition of tumble


  • an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end.
  • a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice". Synonyms: fall, spill.


  • fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it". Synonyms: topple.
  • cause to topple or tumble by pushing. Synonyms: tip, topple.
  • roll over and over, back and forth.
  • fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer", "rising smoke whirled in the air". Synonyms: whirl, whirl around.
  • fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion", "Negotiations broke down". Synonyms: break down, collapse, crumble, crumple.
  • throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern".
  • understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on". Synonyms: catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, twig.
  • fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency".
  • put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying; "Wash in warm water and tumble dry".
  • suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat.
  • do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully.

Related words

flip, pratfall, roll, somersault, somersaulting, somerset, summersault, summerset, wipeout.

Words nearby tumble

bumble, fumble, humble, jumble, mumble, rumble, stumble, tumbler.

Rhymes with tumble

bumble, crumble, fumble, grumble, humble, jumble, mumble, rumble, stumble, trumbull, umbel.

Start with tumble

tumbledown, tumblebugs, tumblesets, tumbleweed, tumbleset, tumblers, tumbles, tumbleweeds, tumblerful, tumbler, tumblerfuls, tumbled, tumblersful, tumblebug.

End with tumble


More information about tumble

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • tumble is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 10 points
  • tumble is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 10 points
  • tumble is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 14 points
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