grumble

verb
grum·​ble | \ ˈgrəm-bəl How to pronounce grumble (audio) \
grumbled; grumbling\ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce grumbling (audio) \

Definition of grumble

intransitive verb

1 : to mutter in discontent grumbled about the scarcity of jobs
2 : growl, rumble Thunder grumbled in the distance.

transitive verb

: to express with grumbling grumbled his annoyance

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Other Words from grumble

grumble noun
grumbler \ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce grumbler (audio) \ noun
grumblingly \ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ-​lē How to pronounce grumblingly (audio) \ adverb
grumbly \ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce grumbly (audio) \ 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.
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All car owners must have such gear because of a much-grumbled-at 2008 government mandate meant to ensure the visibility of drivers in distress at roadside. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 That just means lots of office workers are grumbling about it. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "11 Scoops or 12? Coffee Wars Come to the Office," 9 Oct. 2018 First there was grumbling about how Apex Legends wasn’t Titanfall 3. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter," 8 Feb. 2019 Back at Nissan, grumbling about Mr. Ghosn’s management grew. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Democrats, newly empowered with their House majority, have been grumbling about USMCA’s environmental protections and whether or not the deal does enough to protect American workers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US, Canada, Mexico sign NAFTA replacement at G20," 30 Nov. 2018 The overall result, bosses grumble, is that American firms are puny in China, making 4% of their global sales there. The Economist, "America Inc and the rage against Beijing," 28 June 2018 Trump — who has long pitched himself as a master dealmaker — feels the agreement represents a radical step toward solving an intractable foreign policy problem and has been publicly and privately grumbling that not everyone agrees. Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, chicagotribune.com, "Trump searches for credit on North Korea nuclear deal," 16 June 2018 Jordanian officials have privately grumbled about having been sidelined from efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process led by the U.S. and backed by Saudi Arabia. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and U.A.E. Pledge $2.5 Billion in Aid to Jordan," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of grumble

1580, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grumble

probably from Middle French grommeler, ultimately from Middle Dutch grommen; akin to Old High German grimm grim

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More Definitions for grumble

grumble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grumble

: to complain quietly about something : to talk in an unhappy way
: to make a low, heavy sound

grumble

verb
grum·​ble | \ ˈgrəm-bəl How to pronounce grumble (audio) \
grumbled; grumbling

Kids Definition of grumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to complain in a low voice

grumble

noun

Kids Definition of grumble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of complaining in a low voice

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