Definition of grumble
grumblerplay \ˈgrəm-b(ə-)lər\ noun
grumblinglyplay \ˈgrəm-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb
grumblyplay \ˈgrəm-b(ə-)lē\ adjective
Examples of grumble in a Sentence
There's been a lot of grumbling among the employees.
Some of the customers have been grumbling about poor service.
Fans grumbled about the team's poor play.
“When are we going to leave?” he grumbled.
We could hear thunder grumbling in the distance.
Recent Examples of grumble from the Web
The fracture of Oroville Dam’s main flood-control spillway created a near-catastrophe, spawned multiple investigations and left lawmakers and locals grumbling about the state’s stewardship of the structure.
There was plenty of grumbling about the pin placements, which were deemed difficult by most of the players.
But even as House investigators pushed forward, Democrats on the investigation grumbled in private that Nunes had never really stepped away from the probe.
But by not finishing more closely, Mr. Quist mitigated the postelection grumbling on the left.
Curators have grumbled that they’ve pretty much been left out of the Minimalist architecture’s planning.
So what if Star Wars, as the purists grumble, really isn’t sci-fi.
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Origin and Etymology of grumble
probably from Middle French grommeler, ultimately from Middle Dutch grommen; akin to Old High German grimm grim
First Known Use: 1580
GRUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grumble for English Language Learners
: to complain quietly about something : to talk in an unhappy way
: to make a low, heavy sound
GRUMBLE Defined for Kids
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