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.
Origin and Etymology of grumble
probably from Medieval 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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