Definition of rabble in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrabəl/


1A disorderly crowd; a mob: he was met by a rabble of noisy, angry youths
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  • The rest of his army is a miscellaneous rabble who have never seen war, and will run away when they hear the first shot fired.
  • ‘Independence day has always been a noisy holiday celebrating the dizzying rabble of a populist uprising,’ he writes in his inimitable style.
  • A rabble gathers outside Whitechapel tube station at 2pm every Sunday afternoon, waits for the guide to make him/herself known, pays a fiver, then sets off to hear about the real history of the area.
1.1 (the rabble) derogatory Ordinary people, especially when regarded as socially inferior or uncouth.
Example sentences
  • There were a few middle-aged guys trying to keep the rabble under control.
common people, masses, populace, multitude, rank and file, commonality, plebeians, proletariat, peasantry, lower classes
derogatory hoi polloi, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs
humorous sheeple


Late Middle English (in the senses 'string of meaningless words' and 'pack of animals'): perhaps related to dialect rabble 'to gabble'.

Words that rhyme with rabble

babble, bedabble, dabble, drabble, gabble, grabble, scrabble

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Syllabification: rab·ble

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