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grumble

[gruhm-buh l] /ˈgrʌm bəl/
verb (used without object), grumbled, grumbling.
1.
to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.
2.
to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl.
3.
to rumble:
The thunder grumbled in the west.
verb (used with object), grumbled, grumbling.
4.
to express or utter with murmuring or complaining.
noun
5.
an expression of discontent; complaint; unhappy murmur; growl.
6.
grumbles, a grumbling, discontented mood.
7.
a rumble.
Origin of grumble
1580-1590
1580-90; perhaps frequentative of Old English grymman to wail; compare Dutch grommelen, German grummeln, French grommeler (< Gmc)
Related forms
grumbler, noun
grumblingly, adverb
grumbly, adjective
ungrumbling, adjective
Synonyms
1. See complain.
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  • Jumbo could not but grumble out that Mas'r was better left to himself.

    Love and Life Charlotte M. Yonge
  • This did not suit our notions of a land cruise, and we began to grumble.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is disgraceful, however, for the citizen to remain indifferent or obstructive, to grumble over the cost.

  • Yet it's only the food and the cabins and the attendance they grumble about.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Jenks pronounced, in a grumble of disgust rather than with any note of alarm.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for grumble

grumble

/ˈɡrʌmbəl/
verb
1.
to utter (complaints) in a nagging or discontented way
2.
(intransitive) to make low dull rumbling sounds
noun
3.
a complaint; grouse
4.
a low rumbling sound
Derived Forms
grumbler, noun
grumblingly, adverb
grumbly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Low German grommelen, of Germanic origin; see grim
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Word Origin and History for grumble
v.

1580s, from Middle French grommeler "mutter between the teeth" or directly from Middle Dutch grommelen "murmur, mutter, grunt," from grommen "to rumble, growl." Imitative, or perhaps akin to grim. Related: Grumbled; grumbling.

n.

1620s, from grumble (v.).

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