displeased and discontented; sulky; peevish: Her disgruntled husband refused to join us.

Origin of disgruntled

Synonyms for disgruntled



verb (used with object), dis·grun·tled, dis·grun·tling.

to put into a state of sulky dissatisfaction; make discontent.

Origin of disgruntle

1675–85; dis-1 + gruntle, frequentative of grunt
Related formsdis·grun·tle·ment, noun
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  • “Bring it out,” was the gruff response of the disgruntled teamster.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • The school returned to Brimfield disgruntled, disappointed and critical.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • There were other people who were disgruntled that morning at Mrs. McLean's breakfast.

  • I had heard from more than one disgruntled reporter that it was an impossibility.

  • The cry was taken up by the jealous, the disgruntled, and the virtuous.

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

British Dictionary definitions for disgruntled



feeling or expressing discontent or anger



(tr; usually passive) to make sulky or discontented
Derived Formsdisgruntlement, noun

Word Origin for disgruntle

C17: dis- 1 + obsolete gruntle to complain; see grunt
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Word Origin and History for disgruntled

past participle adjective from disgruntle.



1680s, from dis- "entirely, very" + obsolete gruntle "to grumble" (Middle English gruntelen, early 15c.), frequentative of grunt (v.).

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