now chiefly Scottish
: turbid and troubled
cold and watery grew the wind and grumly grew the seaSir Patrick Spens

Word History


probably from obsolete English grummel sediment, dregs (probably of Scandinavian origin) + English -y; akin to Swedish grummel sediment, dregs

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“Grumly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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