grumble

[ gruhm-buh l ]
/ ˈgrʌm bəl /

verb (used without object), grum·bled, grum·bling.

to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.
to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl.
to rumble: The thunder grumbled in the west.

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

to express or utter with murmuring or complaining.

noun


Nearby words

  1. gruffy,
  2. grugru,
  3. gruiform,
  4. gruis,
  5. grum,
  6. grumbling appendix,
  7. grume,
  8. grumly,
  9. grummet,
  10. grumose

Origin of grumble

1580–90; perhaps frequentative of Old English grymman to wail; compare Dutch grommelen, German grummeln, French grommeler (< Gmc)

Related formsgrum·bler, noungrum·bling·ly, adverbgrum·bly, adjectiveun·grum·bling, adjective

Synonym study

1. See complain.

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British Dictionary definitions for grumble

grumble

/ (ˈɡrʌmbəl) /

verb

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

noun

a complaint; grouse
a low rumbling sound
Derived Formsgrumbler, noungrumblingly, adverbgrumbly, adjective

Word Origin for grumble

C16: from Middle Low German grommelen, of Germanic origin; see grim

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