- 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 grumblycantankerous, captious, carping, censorious, complaining, critical, cross, crying, discontented, dissatisfied, edgy, fault-finding, fretful, grumbling, irritable, lamenting, petulant, plaintive, snappy, sour
Examples from the Web for grumbly
Contemporary Examples of grumbly
Michael Grunwald has had some grumbly things to say on Twitter about my Book Club entry on his book, the New New Deal.The Green Stimulus' Red Ink
December 3, 2012
Historical Examples of grumbly
You'd be cranky and grumbly and disagreeable too, I dare say.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906
Lucy Maud Montgomery
This is too grousy and grumbly a letter to send off just as it is.Up and Down
Edward Frederic Benson
Grumbly is a good soldier in his way, Mr. Connell, and knows his trade, too.To The Front
At the sound of that deep, rumbly, grumbly voice it looked for a few minutes as if school would be broken up for that day.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
"I never had anything nice like that happen to me," said Sammie, in just the least bit of a grumbly voice.Sammie and Susie Littletail
Howard R. Garis
- 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.).