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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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British Dictionary definitions for grumbly

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 grumbly
grumble
1586, from M.Du. grommelen "murmur, mutter, grunt," from grommen "to rumble, growl." Imitative, or perhaps akin to grim.
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