Definition of grumble
- grumbled about the scarcity of jobs
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.
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First Known Use: 1580See Words from the same year
beef, bellyache, bleat, carp, caterwaul, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouch, grouse, growl, grump, holler, inveigh, kick, moan, murmur, mutter, nag, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl;
kick up a fuss;
: to complain quietly about something : to talk in an unhappy way
: to make a low, heavy sound
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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