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

Definition of disgruntle

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from disgruntle

disgruntlement \ dis-​ˈgrən-​tᵊl-​mənt How to pronounce disgruntlement (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 At one point, several MPs, from both sides of the aisle, actually did begin setting up a centrist alternative, called (with a remarkable lack of self-awareness) Change UK—sparking the fear that disgruntled Remainers might begin a mass exodus. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Waiters, who was suspended last month for eating a gummy with THC and suffering a panic attack, has been disgruntled for months after having his playing time reduced because of the emergence of Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. BostonGlobe.com, "76ers’ victory over the Celtics on Thursday," 15 Dec. 2019 Now the Rent the Runway team is rolling out new offerings — like this collaboration with W Hotels and the addition of ski gear and athleisure as rentable clothing — to keep loyal, if some disgruntled, customers and gain new ones. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Rent the Runway will bring vacation clothes straight to your hotel closet," 5 Dec. 2019 Earlier today, disgruntled security researcher Vasily Kravets released a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows version of the ubiquitous gaming service Steam. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Severe local 0-Day escalation exploit found in Steam Client Services," 7 Aug. 2019 In a video that has gone viral since it was shared on Reddit on Sunday, the camera pans down a line of five smiling Tormund doppelgängers to reveal a disgruntled Brienne standing in their midst. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Even Five Tormunds Apparently Aren't Enough to Win Over Brienne for a Very Game of Thrones Halloween," 4 Nov. 2019 Waititi’s over-the-top, boy-zealot’s ideal of Hitler is hardly a sympathetic character, and Sam Rockwell’s disgruntled, disillusioned and defeated but nevertheless loyal Capt. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "‘Jojo Rabbit’: Is it a chilling black comedy about yesterday . . . or today?," 28 Oct. 2019 Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris, who has been disgruntled in Denver for awhile, is set to be a free agent after this year, and is owed $5.19 million for the rest of this season. Michael Bennett, BostonGlobe.com, "■ Two star players have had their names bandied about all season: Bengals receiver," 27 Oct. 2019 Consultants like Cirillo advise business owners that the assessment of threats should begin internally — most workplace shooters are disgruntled current or former employees or someone in a turbulent relationship with an employee. Washington Post, "Shootings raise level of alarm at small businesses," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of disgruntle was in 1682

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3 Feb 2020

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“Disgruntle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgruntle. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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