The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rabble \Rab"ble\, n. [Probably named from the noise made by it
(see Rabble, v. i.) cf. D. rapalje rabble, OF. & Prov. F.
1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a
confused, disorderly throng.
I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the
presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and
light persons. --Ascham.
Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the
whole rabble of licentious deities. --Bp.
2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a
The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference
to an assembly; the dregs of the people. "The rabble call
him `lord.'" --Shak.