- 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
Examples from the Web for grumbled
“There's nobody here to meet,” he grumbled to an aide, as he battled through the rain.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?
April 30, 2014
Users grumbled, the Internet grumbled, and even the Apple-loving media grumbled.Mike Daisey Remembers Steve Jobs a Year After His Death
October 5, 2012
"There always has to be an official side in China," grumbled one activist.Animal Rights: Saving Chinese Dogs From the Cooking Pot
Isaac Stone Fish
April 23, 2011
The sign that said "Women do it better" (whatever that means, grumbled a male correspondent, baffled).Geraldine Ferraro Dies: Memories of Her 1984 Campaign
March 26, 2011
For years a number of prominent conservative leaders have grumbled privately about the mentality that has taken hold of the GOP.The New GOP Warmongers
March 22, 2011
They had grumbled at their chief and mutinied against him and helped to depose him.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"The less reason, then, for her being a thief," Gilder grumbled in his heaviest voice.Within the Law
"You said the railroad," grumbled the man who had spoken before.In the Midst of Alarms
"I wish to goodness you had that picture done," grumbled Chip.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"Indeed he does not," Eliza grumbled; "or not as often as the rest of us," she added.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- 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 and History for grumbled
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.).