Definition of tumbler in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌmblə


  • 1A drinking glass with straight sides and no handle or stem.
    [formerly having a rounded bottom so as not to stand upright]
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    • 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.
    glass, drinking glass, beaker; goblet, wine glass; North American highball glass
    archaic stoup
    rare rummer
  • 2An acrobat, especially one who performs somersaults.
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    • 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 backwards in flight.
  • 3 (also tumbler dryer) A tumble dryer.
  • 4A pivoted piece in a lock that holds the bolt until lifted by a key.
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    • 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.
  • 4.1A notched pivoted plate in a gunlock.
  • 5An electrical switch worked by pushing a small sprung lever.



noun (plural tumblerfuls)
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  • 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.

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