Definition of tumbler in English:
1A drinking glass with straight sides and no handle or stem.
[formerly having a rounded bottom so as not to stand upright]
- 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, especially one who performs somersaults.
- 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.
4A pivoted piece in a lock that holds the bolt until lifted by a key.
- 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.
tumblerful 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.
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