grumble

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.

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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 — Grum ble, v. t. To express or utter with grumbling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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