1. sexual intercourse.
|(con. 1948–52) Virgin Soldiers 39: If you fancy it you get ’er to take you ’ome and give you a rumble.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 65: I’d turn down a rumble with a luscious broad to go to the track or a poker game.|
2. (US) a street gang fight.
|Amer. Mercury Apr. 480: We’re going to have a rumble with the Happy Gents tonight. Gang kids call these fights rumbles .|
|Time 4 Dec. 40/3: Each gang had a [...] war counselor who arranged the time and place for gang ‘rumbles’ (wars).|
|West Side Story I i: A rumble!|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 28: Some boys used racial or ethnic discrimination as a reason for ‘calling on the rumble’ with the Jesters.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 10: The other gangs had a few rumbles, every once in a while some guy would have his jaw busted.|
|Cut ’n’ Mix 139: In the Zulu Nation he set out to replace ‘rumbles’ (fights) and drugs with rap, dance and hip hop style.|
|Awaydays 33: He lives for rumours about supposed rumbles.|
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] rumble n. fight. Often involving more than two people. Sometimes for fun, often more serious.|
3. a fight; an argument.
|Man with the Golden Arm 313: They had let the 26-girls cheat them without a rumble.|
|Rage in Harlem (1969) 87: I wasn’t back there when the rumble happened.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 13: It means a rumble is on, and a big one, too.|
|Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) 30 Mar. 2/3: Informers are [...] ‘done in’ sometimes during a ‘rumble’ or fight.|
|Minder [TV script] 47: I’ve run into those two young chancers I had a rumble with.‘You Need Hands’ in|
|Deadmeat 31: He’d got into a rumble with some Eyetalian nightclub owners.|
|What It Was 34: Race rumbles had gone the way of drop-down Chevys.(con. 1972)|
4. attrib. use of sense 3 .
|Muscle for the Wing 145: You had your rumble hat on and don’t bother telling me I’m wrong.|
5. (US drugs) a police drug raid.
|Junkie (1966) 159: Shake, Rumble . . . Search by the law.|
6. (US campus) a wild party.