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grumble

play
verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

Simple Definition of grumble

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

  • : to make a low, heavy sound

Full Definition of grumble

grum·bledgrum·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mutter in discontent

  3. 2 :  growl, rumble

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to express with grumbling

grumble noun
grum·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun
grum·bling·ly play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb
grum·bly play \-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



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