grumble

  • 1 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] …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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,… …

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  • 4 Grumble — Grum ble, v. t. To express or utter with grumbling. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 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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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 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… …

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  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 grumble — grum|ble [ˈgrʌmbəl] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Old French grommeler, from Middle Dutch grommen] 1.) [I and T] to keep complaining in an unhappy way = ↑moan grumble about/at ▪ Farmers are always grumbling about the weather. grumble… …

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  • 13 grumble — 1 verb (I) 1 to keep complaining in an unhappy way (+ about/at etc): The farmers are always grumbling about the weather. 2 to make a very low sound that gets quieter then louder continuously; rumble 1 (1): Is that your tummy grumbling? 3 mustn t… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 grumble — verb (grumbled; grumbling) Etymology: probably from Middle French grommeler, ultimately from Middle Dutch grommen; akin to Old High German grimm grim Date: 1580 intransitive verb 1. to mutter in discontent 2. growl, rumble transitive verb to… …

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  • 15 grumble — 1. noun a) A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound That whiner is never without a grumble to share. b) The sound made by a hungry stomach 2 …

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  • 16 grumble — [ˈgrʌmb(ə)l] verb [I] to complain about something that is unimportant Syn: moan grumble noun [C] …

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  • 17 grumble — grumbler, n. grumblingly, adv. grumbly, adj. /grum beuhl/, v., grumbled, grumbling, n. v.i. 1. to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly. 2. to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl. 3. to rumble: The thunder grumbled in the west. v.t …

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  • 18 Grumble — This most interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be of early medieval English origin, from the Middle English gribbele , crabtree, blackthorn, and hence a topographical name for a dweller by a crabtree or blackthorn.… …

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  • 19 grumble — Synonyms and related words: air a grievance, beef, belch, bellyache, bitch, blare, blat, boom, booming, brawl, bray, burr, buzz, cackle, cannonade, caw, chirr, clamor, clang, clangor, clank, clash, complain, crab, craunch, croak, crump, crunch,… …

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  • 20 grumble — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. rumble, growl, complain, mutter. See discontent. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To complain] Syn. whine, protest, fuss; see complain 1 . 2. [To growl] Syn. snarl, gnarl, gnarr*, snap, bark, grunt, mutter,… …

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