Definition of grumble in English:


Line breaks: grum¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈgrʌmb(ə)l


  • 2 [no object] Make a low rumbling sound: thunder was grumbling somewhere in the distance
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    • The crooning stopped, replaced by the sound of the engine grumbling steadily and the road moving beneath us smoothly.
    • The heavens began rumbling and grumbling, and without warning, great bolts of lightning flashed out and struck several larger demons down.
    • His voice was a low bass, rumbling and grumbling in his throat, and it came out slow and steady like molasses.
    rumble, gurgle, murmur, growl, roar
  • 3 [no object] (usually as adjective grumbling) (Of an internal organ) give intermittent discomfort: a grumbling appendix
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    • The smell of cooking drifted up the stairs and we descended with stomachs grumbling to the traditionally decorated restaurant.
    • Stomach grumbling, I looked up at the clock - It was about noon - grimaced, and grabbed a banana off the counter, padding upstairs.
    • She fidgeted on her spot, shifting from one foot to another as an uncomfortable silence filled the air, but she was saved when her stomach started grumbling loudly.


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  • It merely brands you as the department's top grumbler, grouch and complainer.
  • Actually, I think those selfish grumblers should stop their complaining too because they're not the only ones who are suffering.
  • The sooner these negative old grumblers disappear the better.


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  • As the red-faced beasts melted grumblingly away into the forest, they looked like they couldn't believe I thought these were my tomatoes, my carrots.
  • And many of the thoughts, often viewed as grumblingly dyspeptic and idiosyncratic, have come to pass.
  • They either grumblingly did so, or lashed out at me.


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  • He is a wonderful man, especially because he sounds like a grumbly, rumbly bear when he wakes up and because he gets so concerned when I have one of my crying jags.
  • Unlike Lorraine I can't be bribed with mangos, and have never been as grumbly about people sending things with sand in as she is (probably because I don't have to clean it up).
  • He's been suffering the past couple of days, becoming morose and grumbly, so I gave him a good once over yesterday and, sure enough, there was the tell-tale little bulge high up in his tummy.


late 16th century: from obsolete grumme (probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch grommen) + -le4.

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