Definitions for grumbleˈgrʌm bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grum•ble*ˈgrʌm bəl(v.; n.)-bled, -bling

  1. (v.i.)to murmur or mutter in discontent.

  2. to utter low, indistinct sounds; growl.

  3. to rumble.

  4. (v.t.)to express or utter with murmuring or complaining.

  5. (n.)an expression of discontent; complaint.

  6. grumbles, a grumbling, discontented mood.

  7. a rumble.

* Syn: See complain.

Origin of grumble:

1580–90; perh. freq. of OE grymman to wail; cf. MD grommen, G grummeln


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rumble, rumbling, grumble, grumbling(noun)

    a loud low dull continuous noise

    "they heard the rumbling of thunder"

  2. grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering(verb)

    a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

  3. grouch, grumble, scold(verb)

    show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

    "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load"

  4. murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, gnarl(verb)

    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

    "she grumbles when she feels overworked"

  5. grumble, growl, rumble(verb)

    to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

    "he grumbled a rude response"; "Stones grumbled down the cliff"

  6. rumble, grumble(verb)

    make a low noise

    "rumbling thunder"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grumble(verb)ˈgrʌm bəl

    to complain quietly

    He was grumbling about the food.


  1. grumble(Noun)

    A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound

  2. grumble(Noun)

    The sound made by a hungry stomach

  3. grumble(Noun)

    A complaint

    That whiner is never without a grumble to share.

  4. grumble(Verb)

    To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.

  5. grumble(Verb)

    To complain.

    He grumbles about the food constantly, but has yet to learn to cook.

  6. grumble(Verb)

    To utter in a grumbling fashion.

  7. Origin: Probably from grommeler, from grommen (modern Dutch grommelen). Cognate with grim.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grumble(verb)

    to murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner

  2. Grumble(verb)

    to growl; to snarl in deep tones; as, a lion grumbling over his prey

  3. Grumble(verb)

    to rumble; to make a low, harsh, and heavy sound; to mutter; as, the distant thunder grumbles

  4. Grumble(verb)

    to express or utter with grumbling

  5. Grumble(noun)

    the noise of one that grumbles

  6. Grumble(noun)

    a grumbling, discontented disposition

Translations for grumble

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a complaint made in a bad-tempered way.

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