Grumble Grum"ble, v. t. To express or utter with grumbling. [1913 Webster]

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  • Grumble — Grum ble, n. 1. The noise of one that grumbles. [1913 Webster] 2. A grumbling, discontented disposition. [1913 Webster] A bad case of grumble. Mrs. H. H. Jackson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grumble — Grum ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Grunbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Grumbling}.] [Cf. LG. grummeln, grumen, D. grommelen, grommen, and F. grommeler, of German origin; cf. W. grwm, murmur, grumble, surly. [root]35. Cf. {Grum}, {Grim}.] 1. To murmur or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grumble — [v1] complain bellyache*, carp, find fault, fuss, gripe, groan, grouch*, grouse, kick, kvetch*, moan, protest, pule, repine, scold, snivel*, squawk*, whine; concepts 44,52 Ant. compliment, praise grumble [v2] murmur, rumble bark, croak, gnarl,… …   New thesaurus

  • grumble — (v.) 1580s, from M.Fr. grommeler mutter between the teeth or directly from M.Du. grommelen murmur, mutter, grunt, from grommen to rumble, growl. Imitative, or perhaps akin to grim. Related: Grumbled; grumbling. The noun is 1620s, from the verb …   Etymology dictionary

  • grumble — ► VERB 1) complain or protest in a bad tempered but muted way. 2) make a low rumbling sound. 3) (grumbling) (of an internal organ) giving intermittent discomfort. ► NOUN ▪ an instance of grumbling; a complaint. DERIVATIVES grumbler …   English terms dictionary

  • grumble — [grum′bəl] vi. grumbled, grumbling [prob. < Du grommelen, akin to Ger grummeln, OE gremman, to enrage: for IE base see GRIM] 1. to make low, unintelligible sounds in the throat; growl 2. to mutter or mumble in discontent; complain in a surly… …   English World dictionary

  • grumble — I UK [ˈɡrʌmb(ə)l] / US verb Word forms grumble : present tense I/you/we/they grumble he/she/it grumbles present participle grumbling past tense grumbled past participle grumbled 1) a) [intransitive] to complain, especially continuously and about… …   English dictionary

  • grumble — grum|ble1 [ grʌmbl ] verb intransitive 1. ) to complain, especially continuously and about unimportant things: MOAN: grumble that: He grumbled that it was Saturday night and he didn t have a date. grumble about something: Children always grumble… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grumble — v. 1) to grumble constantly 2) (D; intr.) to grumble about, at, over; to (to grumble at new taxes) 3) (L; to) they grumbled (to us) that the decision was not fair * * * [ grʌmb(ə)l] at over to (to grumble at new taxes) (D; intr.) to grumble about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • grumble — [[t]grʌ̱mb(ə)l[/t]] grumbles, grumbling, grumbled 1) VERB If someone grumbles, they complain about something in a bad tempered way. [V about/at n] I shouldn t grumble about Mum she s lovely really... [V that] Taft grumbled that the law so favored …   English dictionary

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