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Rum(m)ill, -yl(l, -el, v. Also: rumbill, -le; ruml-. [ME and e.m.E. rumble(n (Chaucer), romble(n, MDu. rommelen, rummelen, of onomatopœic origin.] intr.

1. To make a low, continuous, rumbling sound, as that of thunder. a. Of natural phenomena. b. Of the bowels, or the air in them. c. Of guns.a. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 145.
This laithlie flude rumland as thonder routit
Id. Æn. i ii 64.
The firmament gan rummylling [Sm. rummeling, Ruddim. rumyllyng] rair and rout
Ib. iii viii 128.
The grisly Ethna dyd rummyll, schudder and cry
Ib. vii Prol. 21. 15.. Clar. i 724.
Lyke as the darding rumbling in the aire
1597–8 Misc. Spald. C. I 180.
The watter rumlit as all the hilles hed fallin thairin
1602 Colville Paraenese 33.
Be not astonied to see the small brookes ryis and rummill for a vhyill
b. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS No. 460.
Go to your bed your bellie rumbles & ilk ane toord over other tumbles
c1650 Fugitive Poetry II xxvi 3.
And through his intraills all gange rumill
c. 16.. Maidment Balfour Ballads 32.
When canons rumble and billots tumble

d. To re-echo, with a rumbling sound. 15.. Clar. v 2016.
The air all rumblit with the crake of speiris

2. To move roughly, boisterously or noisily; to cause commotion. 15.. Christis Kirk 128 (B).
Heich hucheoun with a hissill rys To red can throw thame rummill
a1568 Scott ii 175.
Sum ruscht, sum rummyld [and] sum reild
1591-2 Rob Stene 17.
Neptune … michty monsteris maid affeird … Quhen he on rokis did rage & rumbill

b. fig. To rumble out, to come out noisily. 1680 Copy of a Letter by Mr. John Dickson When He Was Prisoner in the Bass (1717) 13.
I see the wanderers lying in the moss-haggs … with their hearts rumbling out at their eyes in bitter weeping

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