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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Related Words for disgruntlement

discontent, discontentment, displeasure, dissatisfaction

Examples from the Web for disgruntlement

Contemporary Examples of disgruntlement

  • Her role was to represent the left in its disgruntlement with what it sees as a sellout by President Barack Obama.

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    Pelosi's Two-Step on Debt Deal

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    August 2, 2011

Historical Examples of disgruntlement

British Dictionary definitions for disgruntlement



(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 disgruntlement



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

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