dis·​grun·​tle | \ dis-ˈgrən-tᵊl \
disgruntled; disgruntling\ dis-​ˈgrənt-​liŋ , -​ˈgrən-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of disgruntle

transitive verb

: to make ill-humored or discontented usually used as a participial adjective they were a very disgruntled crew— Flannery O'Connorangry letters from disgruntled readers

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disgruntlement \ dis-​ˈgrən-​tᵊl-​mənt \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disgruntle


alien, alienate, disaffect, estrange, sour



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Examples of disgruntle in a Sentence

an employee, disgruntled by the restaurant owner's shabby treatment, turned him in to the IRS a crew disgruntled by a long voyage that provided no opportunity for recreation onshore

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Western nations have remained careful in calibrating their responses, to neither disgruntle the wealthy and investment-eager Saudi leadership nor domestic human rights supporters too much. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018 Complaining about Amazon, and Bezos, isn’t a mere pastime for the disgruntled. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s Bezos needs to tackle poverty as boldly as he talks about space," 8 Oct. 2018 One disgruntled Evertonian - and there are countless right now - took the time out to compare the two manager's records over their last nine matches, and the data doesn't make for good reading. SI.com, "FanView: How Ronald Koeman Could Have a Huge Impact on Sam Allardyce's Everton Future," 6 Mar. 2018 Like Padgett, Hahn was careful not to feel too disgruntled after early misfires. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Collegiate golfers Wells Padgett and Jordan Hahn lead Southwestern Amateur golf tournament," 15 June 2018 There are also more votes to come in the Commons later this month, on separate Brexit legislation, that could see disgruntled Conservative MPs stage a rebellion. Jane Merrick, CNN, "Theresa May's day of Brexit reckoning is coming, sooner or later," 11 June 2018 But the fan base became disgruntled since Temple has been to the NCAA just once in the last five seasons. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple makes it official: Aaron McKie to succeed Fran Dunphy in 2019-20," 11 Apr. 2018 The easy thing to do would be to dismiss the film, the subjects, and their claims; to spread disinformation about them as lazy, disgruntled, troublemaking officers. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Crime + Punishment," 22 Aug. 2018 But if his last contribution to the club is to help win the European Cup, not many can be left feeling disgruntled. SI.com, "Why Liverpool's Champions League Final Squad Is Capable of Making it Number 6 in Kiev," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of disgruntle

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disgruntle

dis- + gruntle to grumble, from Middle English gruntlen, frequentative of grunten to grunt

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