Definitions for: Rabble


[n] a disorderly crowd of people
[n] disparaging terms for the common people



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Rab"ble, v. t.
To stir with a rabble, as molten iron.


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.]


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.


Rab"ble, a.
Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble;
disorderly; vulgar. [R.] --Dryden.


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.]

Synonyms: mob, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rout

See Also: common people, crowd, folk, lynch mob, scum, trash

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