Dictionary

grumble

verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

: to complain quietly about something : to talk in an unhappy way

: to make a low, heavy sound

grum·bledgrum·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of GRUMBLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to mutter in discontent
2
:  growl, rumble
transitive verb
:  to express with grumbling
grumble noun
grum·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
grum·bling·ly \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb
grum·bly \-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of GRUMBLE

  1. There's been a lot of grumbling among the employees.
  2. Some of the customers have been grumbling about poor service.
  3. Fans grumbled about the team's poor play.
  4. When are we going to leave? he grumbled.
  5. We could hear thunder grumbling in the distance.

Origin of GRUMBLE

probably from Middle French grommeler, ultimately from Middle Dutch grommen; akin to Old High German grimm grim
First Known Use: 1580

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: grumePrevious Word in the Dictionary: grumAll Words Near: grumble
May 28, 2015
fictioneer Hear it
someone who writes fiction
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears