Definition of disgruntled in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈɡrən(t)ld/


Angry or dissatisfied: judges receive letters from disgruntled members of the public
More example sentences
  • It seems that some disgruntled moviegoers are angry with the advertisements that now run before most movies.
  • By the end of his life he was a disgruntled and unhappy man, spending any money he had made on drink.
  • A good reputation can be severely dented by a dissatisfied cleaner or by a disgruntled customer.
dissatisfied, discontented, aggrieved, resentful, fed up, displeased, unhappy, disappointed, disaffected;
angry, irate, annoyed, cross, exasperated, indignant, vexed, irritated, piqued, irked, put out, peeved, miffed, bummed, aggravated, hacked off, riled, peed off, PO'd, hot under the collar, in a huff, cheesed off, shirty, sore, teed off, ticked off



Pronunciation: /disˈɡrən(t)lmənt/
Example sentences
  • Their disgruntlement and anger quickly and spontaneously generated lively discussions and organisation for women's right to be treated as intelligent equals to men, not sex objects and domestic slaves.
  • Most noticeably, the strikers gained negligible support and caused major public irritation, but this became quickly absorbed into the general disgruntlement with the state of the railways.
  • ‘One of the disgruntlements of the backbenchers is that they felt they hadn't any input into the new legislative programme,’ she says.


Mid 17th century: from dis- (as an intensifier) + dialect gruntle 'utter little grunts', from grunt.

  • Disgruntled people may go round muttering to themselves and complaining. Originally the word involved comparison with a pig making small or subdued grunts (an Old English word probably imitating the sound). The main element of disgruntled is gruntle, a dialect word used of pigs from the Middle Ages and of grumbling people from a little later. In the 17th century someone added dis- as an intensifier and created disgruntled. In the 20th century the comic novelist P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975) removed the dis- again and introduced the humorous gruntled, ‘pleased’. In The Code of the Woosters, published in 1938, he wrote: ‘I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.’

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Syllabification: dis·grun·tled

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