• n. Someone who makes a lot of noise without accomplishing anything.

  • n. Someone who is the life of a party.

  • n. Paid social directors at resorts in the Borscht Belt.

Example Sentences

  • "Who is this tumler? Why should we get all excited?"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • טומלער tumler, from טומלען tumlen 'to make a racket; make a fuss'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      tummler, tummeler, tumeler


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