- 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.
- 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.
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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