a tumbler

elinor

Senior Member
Mandarin
1. Is a tumbler an easily tipped toy that quickly rights itself?

2. What do you describe a person like a tumbler with firm and strong will that you cannot knock down?


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  • irisheyes0583

    Senior Member
    English (USA)
    From dictionary.com:
    1. One that tumbles, especially an acrobat or gymnast.
      1. A drinking glass, originally with a rounded bottom.
      2. A flat-bottomed glass having no handle, foot, or stem.
      3. The contents of such a drinking glass.
    <Other definitions removed for copyright reasons - Panjamod>

    The only 2 definitions I'm very familiar with are the first two (in red). Given this knowledge, I would not recommend calling a person a "tumbler" if you mean to say that they are strong and can be knocked down. Instead, I would call them "a pillar of strength"... but it really depends on the context. Do you have a context you could give us?
     

    fenixpollo

    moderator
    American English
    According to my google search, a tumbler can be a wobbly toy, or the new Batmobile, or a number of other toys.

    A person who is hard to knock down is built like a tank or is built like a brick wall. There are other ways to say this, but I can't think of more right now. Hope it helps.
     
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