Simple Definition of grumble
: to complain quietly about something : to talk in an unhappy way
: to make a low, heavy sound
Examples of grumble
There's been a lot of grumbling among the employees.
Some of the customers have been grumbling about poor service.
Fans grumbled about the team's poor play.
“When are we going to leave?” he grumbled.
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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