grumble

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verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

Definition of grumble

grumbled

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grumbling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mutter in discontent grumbled about the scarcity of jobs

  3. 2 :  growl, rumble Thunder grumbled in the distance.

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to express with grumbling grumbled his annoyance

grumble

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grumbler

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grumblingly

play \ˈgrəm-b(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

grumbly

play \ˈgrəm-b(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of grumble in a Sentence

  1. There's been a lot of grumbling among the employees.

  2. Some of the customers have been grumbling about poor service.

  3. Fans grumbled about the team's poor play.

  4. When are we going to leave? he grumbled.

  5. We could hear thunder grumbling in the distance.

Origin and Etymology of grumble

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


First Known Use: 1580


GRUMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

grumble

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verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

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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grumble

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verb grum·ble \ˈgrəm-bəl\

Definition of grumble for Students

grumbled

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grumbling

  1. 1 :  to complain in a low voice

  2. 2 :  1rumble


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grumble

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noun grum·ble

Definition of grumble for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of complaining in a low voice

  2. 2 :  2rumble



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