Michael Grunwald has had some grumbly things to say on Twitter about my Book Club entry on his book, the New New Deal.
"I never had anything nice like that happen to me," said Sammie, in just the least bit of a grumbly voice.
This is too grousy and grumbly a letter to send off just as it is.
Now there lived at this same court a very rich old Duchess whose name was grumbly.
At the sound of that deep, rumbly, grumbly voice it looked for a few minutes as if school would be broken up for that day.
Buster growled a deep, grumbly, rumbly growl and started up after him.
The population there is rather disposed to be grumbly on its once heroic Fabius; wishes the Fabius were a little less cunctatory.
grumbly is a good soldier in his way, Mr. Connell, and knows his trade, too.
Now there lived at this same court a very rich old duchess whose name was grumbly.
Buster Bear began to chuckle and then to laugh, and his laugh was deep and grumbly rumbly like his voice.
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.
1620s, from grumble (v.).