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


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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Tesla lawyers said Tripp, who worked at the Gigafactory as a technician from October to last week, was disgruntled over a lost promotion. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Saboteur or whistleblower? Battle between Elon Musk and former Tesla employee turns ugly, exposing internal rancor," 22 June 2018 Passengers aboard a CrossCountry Train in England were disgruntled to discover their long-distance express train from Newcastle to Reading ended up in Pontefract, which is roughly two hours by car in the wrong direction. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Train gets ‘lost’ in England when driver ‘went the wrong way’," 26 May 2018 The suggestion Cabrera is disgruntled about being in Detroit has apparently upset the veteran, though. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Miguel Cabrera: 'I was joking' with ex-Marlins prez on leaving Tigers," 18 May 2018 Two of those appeals, and one scheduled for May 11, were filed by people claiming to live or own property nearby who were disgruntled with the hearing officer's decision to approve the facilities. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Tactics scrutinized in Phoenix medical-marijuana dispensary cases," 10 May 2018 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

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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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