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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
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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Examples from the web for grumble
  • If you chose to grumble, complain, and be stressed-then you will be.
  • In that category before anything else comes old age, to which all wish to attain, and at which all grumble when attained.
  • There's been plenty to grumble about when it comes to the topic of quarterback ratings.
  • Fans, players, coaches and journalists will always grumble about calls.
  • They get together with colleagues to grumble, not to celebrate or to share.
  • If they're getting disrespected by a keynote speaker who apparently didn't know his audience, they're going to grumble.
  • After a summer of drought, a winter of rising costs and a spring of meager rain, farmers here have plenty of reasons to grumble.
  • Those accustomed to good roads may grumble more loudly about much smaller shortcomings.
  • Some producers will grumble that any regulation of fracking is an unwarranted constraint on their business.
  • Meanwhile bosses grumble that nobody pays attention in meetings any more, because they are so busy doing e-mail under the table.
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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