dis·grun·tle | \dis-ˈgrən-tᵊl \
disgruntled; disgruntling\-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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Other Words from disgruntle

disgruntlement \-tᵊl-mənt \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disgruntle


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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With disgruntled All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard sidelined for all but nine games with a quadriceps injury, Anderson started 67 of 74 games last season. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Anderson appears headed to Memphis," 9 July 2018 Training can be one of many tools a company can use to change its culture, diversity experts said, but implementing any initiative without first auditing one’s own culture can leave employees disgruntled and, worse, create even deeper divides. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "As diversity progress in Silicon Valley stalls, advocates call for a new approach," 4 June 2018 Some outrageous Trump remark would quickly sweep those stories out of the headlines, but disgruntled former Pruitt staffers made sure his misconduct remained a top focus for months. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Scott Pruitt Shows Loyalty to Trump Protects You — But Only for So Long," 6 July 2018 Many YouTubers were grateful for the ability to potentially get demonetization decisions reversed, but were also disgruntled at YouTube's handling of the process, specifically the decision to prioritize appeals from larger creators first. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "YouTube Will Help Creators Make Money With More Than Just Ads," 21 June 2018 McDonald: There’s a better chance of that happening now than there appeared to be last summer, when Aldridge was disgruntled and requesting a trade. Jim Lefko, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: E-N sportswriters explain Spurs roster moves they would make," 18 May 2018 Many have noted that Prince Charles walking Meghan down the aisle is a sweet gesture, while others are disgruntled that Meghan’s mother will not be the one walking her down the aisle. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Will Be Escorted by Prince Charles at Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018 Weinstein said that since Easter his organization had taken on 117 new clients, including the troops in Okinawa, who are disgruntled about a wide range of alleged religious violations by military units. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Navy probes Bible placement in military display at Okinawa hospital," 6 Apr. 2018 The risk from disgruntled, possibly armed veterans was already evident this year after 100 or so former members of the military and their supporters set up a protest camp outside Parliament. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Now Prohibited in Ukraine’s Parliamentary Chamber: Weapons," 22 Mar. 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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