Definition of grumble in English:


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Pronunciation /ˈɡrəmbəl/


  • 1reporting verb Complain about something in a bad-tempered way.

    with clause ‘his father was grumbling that he hadn't heard from him’
    complain, moan, groan, whine, mutter, grouse, bleat, carp, cavil, protest
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  • 2no object Make a low rumbling sound.

    ‘thunder was grumbling somewhere in the distance’
    rumble, gurgle, murmur, growl, roar
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  • 3no object (of an internal organ) give intermittent discomfort.

    ‘my appendix grumbled for years before it finally got serious’


  • 1A complaint.

    ‘the main grumble is that he spends too much time away’
    complaint, moan, groan, whine, muttering, grievance, objection, protest, protestation, cavil, quibble, criticism, charge, accusation
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  • 2A low rumbling sound.

    ‘in the distance, I heard a grumble of thunder’
    rumble, gurgle, murmur, growl, roar
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Late 16th century from obsolete grumme (probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch grommen) + -le.