Definition of Grumble

1. Noun. A loud low dull continuous noise. "They heard the rumbling of thunder"

Exact synonyms: Grumbling, Rumble, Rumbling
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Rumble, Rumble, Rumble, Rumble

2. Verb. Show one's unhappiness or critical attitude. "We grumbled about the increased work load"
Exact synonyms: Grouch, Scold
Generic synonyms: Complain, Kick, Kvetch, Plain, Quetch, Sound Off
Derivative terms: Grouch, Grumbler, Scold, Scolder

3. Noun. A complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone.
Exact synonyms: Grumbling, Murmur, Murmuring, Mutter, Muttering
Generic synonyms: Complaint
Derivative terms: Murmur, Murmur, Mutter, Mutter

4. Verb. Make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath. "She grumbles when she feels overworked"
Exact synonyms: Croak, Gnarl, Murmur, Mutter
Generic synonyms: Complain, Kick, Kvetch, Plain, Quetch, Sound Off
Derivative terms: Grumbler, Grumbling, Murmur, Murmurer, Murmuring, Mutter, Muttering

5. Verb. To utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds. "The meadows grumble with animals "; "Stones grumbled down the cliff"
Exact synonyms: Growl, Rumble
Generic synonyms: Emit, Let Loose, Let Out, Utter
Derivative terms: Growl, Growler, Growling, Growling, Grumbling, Rumble, Rumbling

6. Verb. Make a low noise. "The streets grumble with cars "; "Rumbling thunder"
Exact synonyms: Rumble
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Grumbling, Rumble, Rumbling

Definition of Grumble

1. v. i. To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner.

2. v. t. To express or utter with grumbling.

3. n. The noise of one that grumbles.

Definition of Grumble

1. Noun. (onomatopoeia) A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound ¹

2. Noun. The sound made by a hungry stomach ¹

3. Noun. A complaint ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To complain. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To utter in a grumbling fashion. ¹

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Definition of Grumble

1. to mutter in discontent [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES] : GRUMBLY [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Grumble

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Literary usage of Grumble

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1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"Du. grollen, to grumble; G. grollen, ... grumble, to murmur. (F. —G.) F. grommeler (Cot). — Low and prov. ..."

2. American Ballads and Songs by Louise Pound (1922)
"36 FATHER grumble Father grumble he did say, As sure as the moss round a tree, That he could do ... Then Mother grumble she did say, "0 what's the row now? ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1922)
"A PAGE OF VERSE 'THE GOD AT WHAM I grumble' BY ANDREW DODDS [These striking verses are taken from the Scottish Farm Servant, a monthly magazine which i> the ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"[A small thing, a mite] ; as, " Sic yon»," such small creatures, ibid. [V. GANS.] 2. To fret, whine, whimper, [grumble], S. They «rer and anon *tand still, ..."

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