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Rabble

Rab′ble

(răb′b’l)
,
Noun.
[Etymol. uncertain.]
(Iron Manuf.)
An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming molten iron in the process of puddling.

Rab′ble

,
Verb.
T.
To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.

Rab′ble

,
Verb.
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.]

Rab′ble

,
Noun.
[Probably named from the noise made by it (see
Rabble
,
Verb.
I.
) cf. D.
rapalje
rabble, OF. & Prov. F.
rapaille
.]
1.
A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy 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.

Rab′ble

,
Adj.
Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble; disorderly; vulgar.
[R.]
Dryden.

Rab′ble

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Rabbled
(răb′b’ld)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Rabbling
(răb′blĭng)
.]
1.
To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob;
as, to
rabble
a curate
.
Macaulay.
The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates themselves
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.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Rabble

RAB'BLE

,
Noun.
[L. rabula, a brawler, from rabo, to rave.]
1.
A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; the mob; a confused disorderly crowd.
2.
The lower class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people.

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rabble

rabble

English

Noun

rabble (plural rabbles)

  1. A mob; a disorderly crowd.
  2. The mass of common people; the lowest class of people.

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