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.
Grumbled a rude response.
The distant thunder grumbles.
He grumbles about the food constantly, but has yet to learn to cook.
Origin of grumble
- Probably Dutch grommelen to mutter from Middle Dutch frequentative of grommen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Probably from Middle French grommeler, from Middle Dutch grommen (modern Dutch grommelen). Cognate with grim.