verb (used without object), grum·bled, grum·bling.
verb (used with object), grum·bled, grum·bling.
Origin of grumble
Examples from the Web for grumbling
Spall plays him brilliantly as a grumbling, grunting beast of a man whose sensitivity and kindness emerges slowly.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood|Nico Hines|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now the grumbling is getting louder—and increasingly it focuses on the president himself.
Liberals have been grumbling for a while about the Obama administration.
Spitzer rolled his eyes at the interruption, grumbling a perfunctory “very funny.”Eliot Spitzer Mobbed by Press, Heckled at First Campaign Stop|David Freedlander|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This came after months of grumbling about disappointing iPhone sales, and reports of a possibly too-small opening in China.
As I was going forward after dinner, the cook stopped me, and told me the men were grumbling at the provisions.The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 1 of 3|William Clark Russell
Back at the ranch the Mexican vaqueros lounged about, grumbling.The Mucker|Edgar Rice Burroughs
The boy disappeared upon this, grumbling sulkily; and Sigismund opened a door leading into a parlour.The Doctor's Wife|M. E. Braddon
She was grumbling when she reappeared in the door, after putting down her pails.Original Short Stories, Volume 7 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
When there is no work about there is plenty of grumbling among labourers; and no wonder, for if they don't work, how can they eat?
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.).