disgruntle

verb dis·grun·tle \ dis-ˈgrən-tᵊl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of disgruntle

disgruntled; disgruntling play \-ˈgrənt-liŋ, -ˈgrən-tᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
: to make ill-humored or discontented usually used as a participial adjective
  • they were a very disgruntled crew
  • —Flannery O'Connor
  • angry letters from disgruntled readers

disgruntlement

play \-tᵊl-mənt\ noun

Examples of disgruntle in a Sentence

  1. an employee, disgruntled by the restaurant owner's shabby treatment, turned him in to the IRS

  2. a crew disgruntled by a long voyage that provided no opportunity for recreation onshore

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Origin and Etymology of disgruntle

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



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