- 1A disorderly crowd; a mob: he was met by a rabble of noisy, angry youthsMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- There were a few middle-aged guys trying to keep the rabble under control.
late Middle English (in the senses 'string of meaningless words' and 'pack of animals'): perhaps related to dialect rabble 'to gabble'.