Grumble meaning

grŭmbəl
The definition of grumble is to make a low rumbling sound, or to complain or quietly express your bad temper.

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.

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To rumble or growl.
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To complain in a surly manner; mutter discontentedly.
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To express in a grumbling discontented manner.

Grumbled a rude response.

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(onomatopoeia) A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound.
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A muttered complaint.
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A rumble; a growl.
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To mutter or mumble in discontent; complain in a surly or peevish manner.
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To rumble, as thunder.
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To express by grumbling.
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A rumble.
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The act of grumbling, esp. in complaint.
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The sound made by a hungry stomach.
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(intransitive) To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.

The distant thunder grumbles.

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(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.

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To utter in a grumbling fashion.
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To make low, unintelligible sounds in the throat; growl.
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That whiner is never without a grumble to share.

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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.

    From Wiktionary