- When thunder makes a low rumbly sound in the distance, this is an example of grumble.
- When you are unhappy with the service at a restaurant and you mutter quietly about it to your table-mates, this is an example of a time when you grumble.
intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to make low, unintelligible sounds in the throat; growl
- to mutter or mumble in discontent; complain in a surly or peevish manner
- to rumble, as thunder
Origin of grumbleprobably from Dutch grommelen, akin to German grummeln, Old English gremman, to enrage: for Indo-European base see grim
- the act of grumbling, esp. in complaint
- a rumble
verbgrum·bled, grum·bling, grum·bles
- To complain in a surly manner; mutter discontentedly: “The governed will always find something to grumble about” ( Crane Brinton )
- To rumble or growl.
- A muttered complaint.
- A rumble; a growl.
Origin of grumbleProbably Dutch grommelen to mutter from Middle Dutch frequentative of grommen
(third-person singular simple present grumbles, present participle grumbling, simple past and past participle grumbled)
- (intransitive) To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.
- The distant thunder grumbles.
- (intransitive) To complain; to murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner.
- He grumbles about the food constantly, but has yet to learn to cook.
- To utter in a grumbling fashion.
Probably from Middle French grommeler, from Middle Dutch grommen (modern Dutch grommelen). Cognate with grim.