- to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.
- to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl.
- to rumble: The thunder grumbled in the west.
- to express or utter with murmuring or complaining.
- an expression of discontent; complaint; unhappy murmur; growl.
- grumbles, a grumbling, discontented mood.
- a rumble.
Origin of grumble
Related Words for grumblemoan, squawk, fuss, groan, carp, gripe, growl, grunt, mumble, mutter, bark, bellyache, grouse, pule, scold, snivel, repine, whine, protest, grouch
Examples from the Web for grumble
Contemporary Examples of grumble
But Google grumble grumble makes me compose new messages in a tiny window, you say.
But grumble grumble sometimes my messages get sorted into the wrong folders.
But grumble grumble Google just forced this upon me without asking, you say.
So for now, the movies are about more, even if many of us will grumble about Les Miz's running time on the way out of the theater.Why Are 2012’s Holiday Movies So Damn Long?
December 17, 2012
Yes, Republicans grumble (rightly) against the Obama green-energy subsidies.Doomsday Conservatives: Too Many Hormones, Too Little Plan
December 12, 2012
Historical Examples of grumble
This did not suit our notions of a land cruise, and we began to grumble.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Yet it's only the food and the cabins and the attendance they grumble about.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The silence was profound, but shaken now and then by a grumble of distant thunder.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
She then began to grumble violently about her son, the father of the dead boy.My Double Life
My father may grumble over his beer jugs, but he's a Churchman and a Tantivy for all that.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to utter (complaints) in a nagging or discontented way
- (intr) to make low dull rumbling sounds
- a complaint; grouse
- a low rumbling sound
Word Origin for grumble
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.).