Tumbler (glass)

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An oversized tumbler for serving chilled beverages, while reducing the need to frequently refill the glass.

A tumbler is a flat-floored beverage container usually made of plastic, glass or stainless steel.

Theories vary as to the etymology of the word tumbler. One such theory is that the glass originally had a pointed or convex base and could not be set down without spilling. Another is that they had weighted bottoms which caused them to right themselves if knocked over.[1]

  • Collins glass, for a tall mixed drink[2]
  • Dizzy Cocktail glass, a glass with a wide, shallow bowl, comparable to a normal cocktail glass but without the stem
  • Highball glass, for mixed drinks[3]
  • Iced tea glass
  • Juice glass, for fruit juices and vegetable juices.
  • Old fashioned glass, traditionally, for a simple cocktail or liquor "on the rocks". Contemporary American "rocks" glasses may be much larger, and used for a variety of beverages over ice
  • Shot glass, a small glass for up to four ounces of liquor. The modern shot glass has a thicker base and sides than the older whiskey glass
  • Table glass, faceted glass, or granyonyi stakan, common in Russia and made of particularly hard and thick glass
  • Water glass
  • Whiskey tumbler, a small, thin-walled glass for a straight shot of liquor


  • The Jana Sena Party from India has been assigned a glass tumbler as a common election symbol.[4]


  1. ^ Holloway, James. "Why Are Some Glasses Called Tumblers?". oureverydaylife.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Herbst, Sharon; Herbst, Ron (1998). The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide. New York: Broadway Books. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7679-0197-0.
  3. ^ Rathbun, A. J. (2007). Good Spirits: Recipes, Revelations, Refreshments, and Romance, Shaken and Served with a Twist. Boston, Massachusetts: The Harvard Common Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-55832-336-0.
  4. ^ "Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena awarded glass tumbler as election symbol". 23 December 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2020.