grumbling

noun grum·bling \ ˈgrəm-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of grumbling

plural grumblings
1 : a mutter of discontent : complaint
  • Operators of bars and restaurants, who hear the first-hand grumblings of customers on the boardwalk, tend to oppose the ordinance.
  • —Kevin Robinson
2 : a growling or reverberating noise : rumbling
  • On a shorter timescale, researchers and governments are working together to detect the first grumblings of an earthquake and alert communities that might be affected.
  • —Eva Botkin-Kowacki

First Known Use of grumbling

1598

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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