One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An uncovered folding seat in the rear of an automobile.
- ‘In one scene, Buster is forced to accept a ride from his rival, and he has to sit in the open rumble seat while Sally sits with the rival in the front.’
- ‘In summer on nice days, I was allowed to ride in the car's rumble seat.’
- ‘At the auto auction today there was a 1969 Mustang with a rumble seat which supposedly was a rare pseudo-factory option.’
rumble seat/ˈrəmbəl ˌsēt/
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