grun·​tled ˈgrən-tᵊld How to pronounce gruntled (audio)
informal + often humorous
: in good humor : happy, contented
Once, he was gruntled—a wife and a kid, a good job—but because he devoted too much time to the latter, the formers packed up and left. Steven Rea
The play will be directed by Sean Foley who said he was "thrilled" by the challenge of re-creating Wodehouse's world on stage. He said: "We all aim to create a wonderful, funny evening in the theatre that will leave existing fans of Wodehouse, and a new generation of enthusiasts, positively gruntled." The Belfast Telegraph Online
I returned to my interrupted slumber in a mood far from gruntled. Lawrence Sanders

Word History


back-formation from disgruntled

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gruntled was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Gruntled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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