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 adjective they 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

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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Fans were also disgruntled that Sadio Mane did not get more recognition after an outstanding season that saw the Senegalese star share the Premier League Golden Boot. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Liverpool Fans Meltdown on Twitter as Top 100 Ratings are Revealed," 10 Sep. 2019 While this is good news for fans eager to start voting for their favorites, many are feeling disgruntled over one particular elimination judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough, Gabrielle Union made last night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are "Utterly Disgusted" at the Judges' “Mistake” on Last Night's Judge Cuts," 7 Aug. 2019 In the photo, Prince William beams while holding an admittedly disgruntled-looking Prince Louis, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte stand in front. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince William Smiles With Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in a Previously Unseen Photo," 23 July 2019 In Portland, Oregon, so many scooters have ended up in the Willamette River that some disgruntled Portlanders made a website, scootersintheriverpdx.com, that documents just what its URL promises. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Flash floods in Washington, DC take their toll on dockless bikes and scooters," 8 July 2019 Then staff at the parent firm get disgruntled with their rule-breaking peers—who, for their part, have not been given the budget to build anything sizeable. The Economist, "The future of insurance is happening without insurance firms," 20 July 2019 Williamson’s selection ushers a new era in New Orleans as the Pelicans last week traded away its best player, the disgruntled All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers where he will be paired with NBA great, LeBron James. Terry Collins, Fortune, "Zion Williamson and Other Top NBA Draft Picks Are About to Cash In. Here's How Much They Could Make," 21 June 2019 There are other reasons care organization leaders are feeling disgruntled. oregonlive.com, "Health care companies furious after Legislature moves toward surprise cut in allowable inflation rate," 13 June 2019 Related Articles The president is ensuring the Supreme Court interpret laws, not make laws. and the Democrats are disgruntled because they are being told to take their job seriously. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: 4 simple steps to help keep guns out of kids’ hands," 9 June 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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