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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Recent Examples on the Web

The pressure ahead of such a critical election is palpable, and there's already been grumbling about the running order of the debate. Lorraine Ali, chicagotribune.com, "Why reality TV has nothing on the Democratic debates," 23 June 2019 The pressure ahead of such a critical election is palpable, and there’s already been grumbling about the running order of the debate. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Why reality TV has nothing on the Democratic debates," 21 June 2019 Behind the scenes, studio executives grumble about the awards-season slog, which begins in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and continues through the Oscars in late February. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Is an Oscar Campaign Worth the Time and Money?," 22 Feb. 2019 Perfect place’ State officials privately grumble that an industry showered with generous incentives — more than $800 million in film tax breaks last year — is trying to dictate Georgia policy. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "Abrams urges film execs to shelve boycott plans over ‘heartbeat’ law," 12 June 2019 Yet there are still holdouts amid the sea change, lonely islands of would-be cops who harrumph and grumble whenever a hitter launches his bat. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 Miami Marlins officials grumbled for years about Giancarlo Stanton not playing through aches and pains. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Kevin Durant’s injury is all pain, no gain for anyone | Commentary," 11 June 2019 Technological change in the workplace sparks tension between resistors who grumble and drag their feet and co-workers who rush to embrace new tools. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Do You Resist New Tech at the Office?," 10 June 2019 Although orthodox economists grumble about Mr Macri’s gradualism, Argentine investors seem to endorse it. The Economist, "Argentina’s gamble on economic gradualism is working, so far," 18 Jan. 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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