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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. rapaille.] 1. A tumultuous crowd of vulgar, noisy people; a mob; a confused, disorderly throng. [1913 Webster] I saw, I say, come out of London, even unto the presence of the prince, a great rabble of mean and light persons. --Ascham. [1913 Webster] Jupiter, Mercury, Bacchus, Venus, Mars, and the whole rabble of licentious deities. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] 2. A confused, incoherent discourse; a medley of voices; a chatter. [1913 Webster] The rabble, the lowest class of people, without reference to an assembly; the dregs of the people. "The rabble call him `lord.'" --Shak. [1913 Webster]