- 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 grumblingcomplaining, dissatisfied, quibbling, sour, moaning, irked, grouchy, irritable
Examples from the Web for grumbling
Contemporary Examples of 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
October 14, 2014
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
July 9, 2013
This came after months of grumbling about disappointing iPhone sales, and reports of a possibly too-small opening in China.Why Apple’s Stock Is Down
January 14, 2013
Historical Examples of grumbling
With all his grumbling, he had not contemplated Jenkins being away more than a day or two.
They went through the cloisters to the south gate, Ketch grumbling all the way.
The artistes gradually began to arrive, grumbling more or less.My Double Life
If we have been grumbling in our hearts, it is to God we must confess: who else has to do with the matter?Salted With Fire
So tall Clemence dressed herself again, grumbling the while.L'Assommoir
- 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
Word Origin and History for grumbling
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.).