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 adjectivethey 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Consultants like Cirillo advise business owners that the assessment of threats should begin internally — most workplace shooters are disgruntled current or former employees or someone in a turbulent relationship with an employee. Washington Post, "Shootings raise level of alarm at small businesses," 21 Aug. 2019 The factor that most frequently forces premature coaching changes in college football are large, powerful and vocal fan bases that get disgruntled. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Top college baseball coaches make major-league money; at least nine at $1 million or more," 15 June 2019 Ride-sharing companies fear the prospect of higher fares for the public and lower wages for the already disgruntled, sometimes demonstrating drivers. William B Gould, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Gig economy workers must be ‘in the room where it happens’," 2 July 2019 Tuesday, coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego to meet with Leonard, in hopes of salvaging the relationship with the disgruntled All-Star forward — or at least seeking clarity on the way ahead for the Spurs. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With Leonard in limbo, Spurs may face franchise-shaping draft night," 20 June 2018 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

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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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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of disgruntle was in 1682

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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