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Line breaks: dis|grun¦tled
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɡrʌnt(ə)ld

Definition of disgruntled in English:


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, malcontent;
sulky, sullen, petulant, peevish, grumpy, churlish, testy
North American informal sore, teed off, ticked off
West Indian informal vex
vulgar slang pissed off
North American vulgar slang pissed
archaic snuffy


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



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.

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