An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- 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.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* 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.
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.
* tumble to
From (etyl), from (etyl). Cognates include (etyl) (m) ((etyl) .
general confusion; disorderly mixture; aimless effort; as, a welter of papers and magazines
to roll; to wallow
(intransitive, sometimes, figurative) to be soaked or steeped in.
- When we welter in pleasures and idleness, then we eat and drink with drunkards.
- These wizards welter in wealth's waves.
To rise and fall, as waves; to tumble over, as billows.
- the priests at the altar weltering in their blood
- the weltering waves
- waves that, hardly weltering , die away
- through this blindly weltering sea
Of horsemen, heavyweight; as, a welter race.
Compare wilt (intransitive verb).