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9 definitions found
 for rabble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\, a.
     Of or pertaining to a rabble; like, or suited to, a rabble;
     disorderly; vulgar. [R.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rabbled (r[a^]b"b'ld);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Rabbling (r[a^]b"bl[i^]ng).]
     1. To insult, or assault, by a mob; to mob; as, to rabble a
        curate. --Macaulay.
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              The bishops' carriages were stopped and the prelates
              themselves rabbled on their way to the house. --J.
                                                    R. Green.
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     2. To utter glibly and incoherently; to mouth without
        intelligence. [Obs. or Scot.] --Foxe.
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     3. To rumple; to crumple. [Scot.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\ (r[a^]b"b'l), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Iron
     Manuf.)
     An iron bar, with the end bent, used in stirring or skimming
     molten iron in the process of puddling.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\, v. t.
     To stir or skim with a rabble, as molten iron.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\, v. i. [Akin to D. rabbelen, Prov. G. rabbeln,
     to prattle, to chatter: cf. L. rabula a brawling advocate, a
     pettifogger, fr. rabere to rave. Cf. Rage.]
     To speak in a confused manner. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rabble \Rab"ble\, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it
     (see Rabble, v. i.) cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F.
     rapaille.]
     1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a
        confused, disorderly throng.
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              I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the
              presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and
              light persons.                        --Ascham.
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              Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the
              whole rabble of licentious deities.   --Bp.
                                                    Warburton.
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     2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a
        chatter.
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     The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference
        to an assembly; the dregs of the people. "The rabble call
        him `lord.'" --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rabble
      n 1: a disorderly crowd of people [syn: mob, rabble, rout]
      2: disparaging terms for the common people [syn: rabble,
         riffraff, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "rabble":
     and bobtail, army, bourgeoisie, canaille, cluster, cohue,
     common ruck, commonalty, commoners, crowd, crush, deluge, dregs,
     dregs of society, flock, flood, galaxy, gang, heap, hoi polloi,
     horde, host, jam, legion, lower classes, many, mass, masses, mob,
     mod, multitude, other half, outcasts, panoply, peasantry, people,
     polloi, populace, press, proletariat, public, rabblement, raff,
     rag, ragtag, ragtag and bobtail, rank and file, riffraff, rout,
     ruck, scum, scurf, spate, swarm, tag, the great unwashed, throng,
     trash, unwashed, vermin
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RABBLE, n.  In a republic, those who exercise a supreme authority
  tempered by fraudulent elections.  The rabble is like the sacred
  Simurgh, of Arabian fable -- omnipotent on condition that it do
  nothing.  (The word is Aristocratese, and has no exact equivalent in
  our tongue, but means, as nearly as may be, "soaring swine.")
  

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