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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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  • Someone in the audience grumbled that the scientists were not represented on the panel.
  • He grumbled, granted me the extension, and knocked down my grade anyway.
  • For years, players grumbled about their owner's frugalness.
  • And he has grumbled about playing anywhere except shortstop.
  • They grumbled, but it caused no obvious deterioration in their health, he says.
  • Besides, they grumbled, hand-washing was far too time-consuming.
  • Cosmopolitan moneylenders were harder to tax than immobile landowners, governments grumbled.
  • State workers grumbled that they had been left behind by the private sector.
  • The military has grumbled about the strikes, and its sixth communiqué urged protestors to return to work.
  • Greens, in contrast, grumbled that it was not bold enough.
British Dictionary definitions for grumbled

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 grumbled

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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