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Meaning of RABBLE

Pronunciation:  'rabul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a disorderly crowd of people
  2. [n]  disparaging terms for the common people
 

RABBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: mob, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rout
 
 See Also: common people, crowd, folk, lynch mob, scum, trash

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Rab"ble\ (r[a^]b"b'l), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron
    Manuf.)
    An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming
    molten iron in the process of puddling.
    
    
  2. \Rab"ble\, v. t.
    To stir with a rabble, as molten iron.
    
    
  3. \Rab"ble\, v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln,
    to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a
    pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. {Rage}]
    To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
    
    
  4. \Rab"ble\, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it
    (see {Rabble}, v. t.) cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F.
    rapaille.]
    1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noise people; a mob; a
       confused, disorderly throng.
    
             I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the
             presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and
             light persons.                        --Ascham.
    
             Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars and the whole
             rabble of licentious deities.         --Bp.
                                                   Warburton.
    
    2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a
       chatter.
    
    {The rabble}, the lowest class of people, without reference
       to an assembly; the dregs of the people. ``The rabble call
       him `lord.''' --Shak.
    
    
  5. \Rab"ble\, a.
    Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble;
    disorderly; vulgar. [R.] --Dryden.
    
    
  6. \Rab"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rabbled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Rabbling}.]
    1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a
       curate. --Macaulay.
    
             The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates
             them selves rabbled on their way to the house. --J.
                                                   R. Green.
    
    2. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without
       intelligence. [Obs. or Scot.] --Foxe.
    
    3. To rumple; to crumple. [Scot.]
    
    
 

 

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