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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Rooney has allegedly expressed his desire to stay at Everton and is disgruntled at the way the club have made his summer exit a priority. SI.com, "Wayne Rooney Set to Make Decision on MLS Move After Everton Sanction Star's Exit," 5 June 2018 People who speak highly of Netflix’s culture say the company’s critics include former employees who were fired for performance reasons and are disgruntled about their personal experiences. Joe Flint, WSJ, "At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks," 25 Oct. 2018 Sunnis in the coastal plains are particularly disgruntled. The Economist, "Yemen’s main port could become the next battleground," 7 June 2018 The Mail on Sunday, published the next day, featured a front-page interview with Ms. Markle’s uncle, who was also disgruntled about not being invited. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Britain’s Wedding-Mad Tabloids Feel a Cold Royal Shoulder," 1 May 2018 Sideways, starring a slightly disgruntled yet extremely loveable wine connoisseur played by Paul Giamatti, that really put Santa Barbara on the proverbial wine map. Michelle Gross, USA TODAY, "Made in Santa Barbara: Flavors of the Funk Zone," 6 Mar. 2018 Western nations have remained careful in calibrating their responses, to neither disgruntle the wealthy and investment-eager Saudi leadership nor domestic human rights supporters too much. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018 Complaining about Amazon, and Bezos, isn’t a mere pastime for the disgruntled. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s Bezos needs to tackle poverty as boldly as he talks about space," 8 Oct. 2018 One disgruntled Evertonian - and there are countless right now - took the time out to compare the two manager's records over their last nine matches, and the data doesn't make for good reading. SI.com, "FanView: How Ronald Koeman Could Have a Huge Impact on Sam Allardyce's Everton Future," 6 Mar. 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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