Definition of tumbler in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtəmb(ə)lər/


1A drinking glass with straight sides and no handle or stem.
Formerly having a rounded bottom so as not to stand upright
Example sentences
  • Wine was sometimes drunk from glass tumblers.
  • Don't burn your fingers on a tumbler.
  • He pauses to pour ice water into a clear glass tumbler, and drinks from it heartily.
2An acrobat or gymnast, especially one who performs somersaults.
Example sentences
  • Clearly, we all have something to learn from these clowns and tumblers.
  • Moving slickly between tumblers and acrobats, the action takes in an absurdly daring high-wire act.
  • It must have been the end of the school day for them as a flurry of wannabe clowns, tumblers and tightrope walkers came out of the bar as I was passing by.
2.1A pigeon of a breed that repeatedly turns over backward in flight.
3A pivoted piece in a lock that holds the bolt until lifted by a key.
Example sentences
  • Pieces fall comfortingly into place like tumblers in a well-oiled lock.
  • The girls had never known lock picking to be such a dangerously loud task before, as Loki's attempts rattled the tumblers of the lock so much, someone in a surrounding house could hear it from an open door or window.
  • Finally, the tumblers of the resistant lock had come round in the magical right combination.
3.1A notched pivoted plate in a gunlock.
4 another term for tumbling barrel.



Pronunciation: /ˈtəmb(ə)lərˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural tumblerfuls)
Example sentences
  • She slid into paroxysms of laughter that she tried quelling with a tumblerful of Southern Comfort.
  • I took two tumblerfuls of cold water.
  • Stir one tumblerful of good brandy and a wineglassful of Sherry wine.

Words that rhyme with tumbler

bumbler, grumbler, stumbler

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tum·bler

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.