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grumble

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of grumble

grumbled

grumbling

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

grumbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

grumblingly

play \-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

grumbly

play \-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of grumble in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

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grumble

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verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

Definition of grumble for Students

grumbled

grumbling

  1. 1 :  to complain in a low voice

  2. 2 :  1rumble




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grumble

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noun grum·ble

Definition of grumble for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of complaining in a low voice

  2. 2 :  2rumble





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