Upset vs Tumble - What's the difference?

upset | tumble |

As nouns the difference between upset and tumble

is that upset is (uncountable) disturbance or disruption while tumble is a fall.

As verbs the difference between upset and tumble

is that upset is to make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy while tumble is (lb) to fall end over end.

As an adjective upset

is (of a person) angry, distressed or unhappy.




(en adjective)
  • (of a person) Angry, distressed or unhappy.
  • He was upset when she refused his friendship.
    My children often get upset with their classmates.
  • Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
  • His stomach was upset , so he didn't want to move.


    * See'' angry, distressed ''and unhappy ** in a tizzy

    Derived terms

    * upset price


  • (uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
  • My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset .
  • (countable, sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 8 , author=Paul Fletcher , title=Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But it is probably the biggest upset for the away side since Ronnie Radford smashed a famous goal as Hereford defeated Newcastle 2-1 in 1972.}}
  • (automobile insurance) An overturn.
  • "collision and upset ": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
  • An stomach.
  • * 1958 May 12, advertisement, Life , volume 44, number 19, page 110 []:
  • "Bob, let's cancel the babysitter. With this upset stomach, I can't go out tonight.
    "Try Pepto-Bismol. Hospital tests prove it relieves upsets . And it's great for indigestion or nausea, too!"
  • (mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,?) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x?y, then y is in U.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense) disruption, disturbance * (unexpected victory of a competitor)


  • To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
  • I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
  • To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
  • Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
    The fatty meat upset his stomach.
  • To tip or overturn (something).
  • * 1924 , W. D. Ross translator, , Book 1, Part 9, The Classical Library, Nashotah, Wisconsin, 2001.
  • But this argument, which first Anaxagoras and later Eudoxus and certain others used, is very easily upset ; for it is not difficult to collect many insuperable objections to such a view.
  • To defeat unexpectedly.
  • ''Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
  • To be upset or knocked over.
  • The carriage upset when the horse bolted.
  • (obsolete) To set up; to put upright.
  • * R. of Brunne
  • with sail on mast upset
  • To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
  • To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
  • Synonyms

    * (make (a person) angry, distressed or unhappy''): ''See'' anger, distress ''and sadden * disrupt, disturb, turn upside down * (sense) invert, overturn, tip, tip over, tip up, turn over, turn upside down

    Derived terms

    * upset the applecart * upset the natives




    (en noun)
  • A fall.
  • I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
  • An act of sexual intercourse.
  • * John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
  • Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
  • * 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
  • When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.

    Derived terms

    * rough and tumble * take a tumble * tumble dryer * tumbler * give a tumble


  • (lb) To fall end over end.
  • *(Robert South) (1634–1716)
  • *:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
  • *
  • *:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
  • To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  • :(Rowe)
  • To roll over and over.
  • *1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
  • *:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
  • (lb) To have sexual intercourse.
  • (lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
  • To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
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  • Derived terms

    * tumble to