grumble

verb
grum·​ble | \ ˈgrəm-bəl How to pronounce grumble (audio) \
grumbled; grumbling\ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce grumble (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 grumble (audio) \ noun
grumbly \ ˈgrəm-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce grumble (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 One member described it to me like this: In the past, someone frustrated with government might just grumble about their representative being a jerk over a beer at the corner bar. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 The large central tunnel that will connect the terminal building with Concourse B will open fall 2024, shortening the walk travelers repeatedly grumble about. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 In its comments section, followers do occasionally gripe and grumble about Mr. Todisco’s picks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 People who don't like their jobs -- i.e., the majority of us -- may suffer and grumble day to day. David G. Allan, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Connoisseurs grumble that the taste of those brands, which include Sauza, Cazadores and Herradura, has declined with the advent of ever-more efficient industrialization, including the diffuser, which cooks agave even more rapidly than an autoclave. Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Connoisseurs grumble that the taste of those brands, which include Sauza, Cazadores and Herradura, has declined with the advent of ever-more efficient industrialization, including the diffuser, which cooks agave even more rapidly than an autoclave. Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Connoisseurs grumble that the taste of those brands, which include Sauza, Cazadores and Herradura, has declined with the advent of ever-more efficient industrialization, including the diffuser, which cooks agave even more rapidly than an autoclave. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Dad was still known to grumble about the narrow range of comfort people were accustoming themselves to. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of grumble was in 1580

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16 Oct 2021

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“Grumble.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grumble. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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 : rumble

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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