dis·​grun·​tle | \ dis-ˈgrən-tᵊl How to pronounce disgruntle (audio) \
disgruntled; disgruntling\ dis-​ˈgrənt-​liŋ How to pronounce disgruntle (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce disgruntle (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Privacy, Please Don't be disgruntled: other states are already taking action to follow California's lead in the data privacy space. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 18 Feb. 2020 Many disgruntled customers wind up settling with brokerages. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2020 His role in finally ending the use of the gold standard during the Nixon administration still leaves some disgruntled. Erik Sherman, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2019 Williams, disgruntled over Washington’s medical staff, has not yet played in a game this season. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2019 Now, if Jimmy were to join the disgruntled, that would be a completely different story. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Oct. 2019 In early August, the Browns traded disgruntled running back Duke Johnson to Houston, clearing the way for Hunt, who must serve an eight-game ban before resuming his career. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2019 Two of the appeals heard by the Board of Adjustment, and another scheduled for May 11, were filed by people claiming to be nearby residents disgruntled with a hearing officer's decision to approve the facilities. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, 10 May 2018 In an exhibition game against the Soviet national team, Knight yanks his Indiana University team off the court after he was disgruntled with a referee’s call. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, 8 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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“Disgruntle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgruntle. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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