dis·​grun·​tled dis-ˈgrən-tᵊld How to pronounce disgruntled (audio)
: unhappy and annoyed
a disgruntled employee
She led her sodden and disgruntled team back into the changing rooms, insisting that the practice had not been a waste of time, though without any real conviction in her voice.J. K. Rowling
… a $300,000 refund pool for disgruntled former customers …Kevin McGurk
The crowd was up as well, and just as disgruntled as it had been the night before.Christopher Cooper & Robert Block

Examples of disgruntled in a Sentence

a disgruntled postal worker was responsible for the vandalism
Recent Examples on the Web The broken system was exposed in 2019, when a disgruntled employee opened fire at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse in Aurora, killing five co-workers and wounding five officers before dying in a shootout with police. Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2024 After Clark's four-year salary was revealed, social media was set ablaze with comments from disgruntled users calling out the league for not paying her more. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 Inform your in-laws that dual-agency home sales are a source of disgruntled homebuyers and home sellers. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, 11 May 2024 Choosing not to offer this exact extension this offseason could lead to a disgruntled Butler. JAMAL CAIN, forward Age: Turned 25 on March 20. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 The company is still feeling the pains of disgruntled users who were unable to get tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour last year. Chris Morris, Fortune, 8 May 2024 Choosing not to offer this exact extension this offseason could lead to a disgruntled Butler. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024 The recall of District Attorney Pamela Price is a political agenda of disgruntled ex-deputy district attorneys. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 30 Apr. 2024 Bob and his boss, the affably gruff and gruffly affable Edsel Kellogg III (a pitch-perfect Jim Gaffigan), are not only feeling the toaster-pastry existential pressure, but are also dealing with labor unrest among disgruntled cereal mascots. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019

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Word History


from past participle of disgruntle

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disgruntled was in 1830

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“Disgruntled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgruntled. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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