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The verb "disgruntle," which has been around since 1682, means "to make ill-humored or discontented." The prefix dis- often means "to do the opposite of," so people might naturally assume that if there is a "disgruntle," there must have first been a "gruntle" with exactly the opposite meaning. But actually, "dis-" doesn’t always work that way - in some rare cases it functions instead as an intensifier. "Disgruntle" developed from this intensifying sense of dis- plus gruntle, an old word meaning "to grumble." In the 1920s, a writer humorously used "gruntle" to mean "to make happy" - in other words, as an antonym of "disgruntle." The use caught on. At first "gruntle" was used only in humorous ways, but people eventually began to use it seriously as well.
Origin and Etymology of gruntle
back-formation from disgruntle
First Known Use: 1926
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