GRUM'BLE, v.i. [Heb. to roar, murmur, thunder.] 1. To murmur with discontent; to utter a low voice by way of complaint. L'Avare, not using half his store, Still grumbles that he has no more. 2. To growl; to snarl; as a lion grumbling over his prey. 3. To rumble; to roar; to make a harsh and heavy sound; as grumbling thunder; a grumbling storm. [In this sense, rumble is generally used.]
verb (grumbled; grumbling) Etymology: probably from Middle French grommeler, ultimately from Middle Dutch grommen; akin to Old High German grimm grim Date: 1580 intransitive verb1. to mutter in discontent 2.growl, rumbletransitive verb to express with grumbling grumblenoun grumblernoun grumblinglyadverb grumblyadjective
v. & n. --v. 1 intr. a (often foll. by at, about, over) complain peevishly. b be discontented. 2 intr. a utter a dull inarticulate sound; murmur, growl faintly. b rumble. 3 tr. (often foll. by out) utter complainingly. 4 intr. (as grumbling adj.) colloq. giving intermittent discomfort without causing illness (a grumbling appendix). --n. 1 a complaint. 2 a a dull inarticulate sound; a murmur. b a rumble. Derivatives: grumbler n. grumbling adj. grumblingly adv. grumbly adj. Etymology: obs. grumme: cf. MDu. grommen, MLG grommelen, f. Gmc
Grumble Grum"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Grunbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Grumbling.] [Cf. LG. grummeln, grumman, D. grommelen, grommen, and F. grommeler, of German origin; cf. W. grwm, murmur, grumble, surly. [root]35. Cf. Grum, Grim.] 1. To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner. L'Avare, not using half his store, Still grumbles that he has no more. --Prior. 2. To growl; to snarl in deep tones; as, a lion grumbling over his prey. 3. To rumble; to make a low, harsh, and heavy sound; to mutter; as, the distant thunder grumbles.
(grumbles, grumbling, grumbled) 1. If someone grumbles, they complain about something in a bad-tempered way. I shouldn't grumble about Mumshe's lovely really...Taft grumbled that the law so favored the criminal that trials seemed like a game of chance...'This is inconvenient,' he grumbled...It's simply not in her nature to grumble.= moan, whinge VERB: V about/at n, V that, V with quote, V Grumble is also a noun. My grumble is with the structure and organisation of the material.N-COUNT grumbling (grumblings)There have been grumblings about the party leader.N-VAR 2. If something grumbles, it makes a low continuous sound. (LITERARY) It was quiet now, the thunder had grumbled away to the west...The dogs made a noise, a rough, grumbling sound.VERB: V adv/prep, V-ing, also V Grumble is also a noun. One could often hear, far to the east, the grumble of guns.N-SING: usu N of n