[ gruhm-buhl ]
/ ˈgrʌm bəl /
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verb (used without object), grum·bled, grum·bling.

to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly: Tim always found something to grumble about.
to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl: Suddenly I heard my stomach grumble, and realized I hadn't had any lunch.
to rumble: The thunder grumbled in the west.

verb (used with object), grum·bled, grum·bling.

to express or utter with murmuring or complaining.




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Origin of grumble

First recorded in 1580–90; perhaps frequentative of Old English grymman “to wail”; compare Dutch grommelen, German grummeln, French grommeler (from Germanic )
1. See complain.
grumbler, noungrum·bling·ly, adverbgrumbly, adjectiveun·grum·bling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grumble

/ (ˈɡrʌmbəl) /


to utter (complaints) in a nagging or discontented way
(intr) to make low dull rumbling sounds


a complaint; grouse
a low rumbling sound
grumbler, noungrumblingly, adverbgrumbly, adjective
C16: from Middle Low German grommelen, of Germanic origin; see grim
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