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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
GRUMBLE Defined for Kids

1grumble

verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\
grum·bledgrum·bling

Definition of GRUMBLE for Kids

1
:  to complain in a low voice
2
:  1rumble

2grumble

noun

Definition of GRUMBLE for Kids

1
:  the act of complaining in a low voice
2
:  2rumble

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