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grumble

Definitions

  • Si Was Disposed to Grumble 181
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grumble make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
    • v grumble show one's unhappiness or critical attitude "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong","We grumbled about the increased work load"
    • v grumble to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds "he grumbled a rude response","Stones grumbled down the cliff"
    • v grumble make a low noise "rumbling thunder"
    • n grumble a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    • n grumble a loud low dull continuous noise "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grumble A grumbling, discontented disposition. "A bad case of grumble ."
    • Grumble The noise of one that grumbles.
    • v. t Grumble To express or utter with grumbling.
    • Grumble To growl; to snarl in deep tones; as, a lion grumbling over his prey.
    • Grumble To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner. "L'Avare, not using half his store,
      Still grumbles that he has no more."
    • Grumble To rumble; to make a low, harsh, and heavy sound; to mutter; as, the distant thunder grumbles .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grumble To make a low rumbling sound; mutter; growl.
    • grumble To complain in a low, surly voice; murmur with discontent.
    • grumble Synonyms To complain, repine, croak.
    • grumble To express or utter in a grumbling or complaining manner.
    • n grumble The act of grumbling; a grumbling speech or remark.
    • n grumble A surly person.
    • n grumble plural A grumbling, discontented mood; a fit of the spleen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Grumble grum′bl to murmur with discontent: to growl: to rumble
    • n Grumble the act of grumbling
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Quotations

  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known.”
  • John Wagstaff
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    “It is rare indeed that there is not ample occasion for grumbling.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Home is the place where we are treated the best, but grumble the most.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. grummeln, grumen, D. grommelen, grommen, and F. grommeler, of German origin; cf. W. grwm, murmur, grumble, surly. √35. Cf. Grum Grim

Usage

In literature:

He is paid on purpose to grumble all day.
"Pinocchio" by C. Collodi
A soldier standing near me commenced to grumble because he had not been able to bring his pet with him.
"The White Road to Verdun" by Kathleen Burke
But Joseph never grumbled.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
However, judging from the way we grumble, it would seem that we are anything but satisfied with our climate.
"The Argosy" by Various
He grumbling consented to give us ten loaves in addition to our own to last for two days.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Quite unknown, quite unsuspected by him, for all the activity of his spies, a volcano was beginning to grumble under his feet.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
The gentleman was very angry and left the ice, grumbling loudly to himself.
"The Bobbsey Twins" by Laura Lee Hope
Still if the worst comes to the worst we must not grumble.
"The Queen's Cup" by G. A. Henty
Now I do not grumble at letters.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
There was no grumbling this time.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
The Captain saw an opportunity to amuse his men, and perhaps end their grumbling for the time being.
"Lucia Rudini" by Martha Trent
Nobody drowned, I hope, or come to any ill. Not that we must grumble, whatever comes.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
Her Prince drank, sulked, or grumbled as much as ever.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
No wonder he grumbled.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
You wouldn't so much as splash about, and when your feet got wet you'd bear it without grumbling.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
What had she to grumble at, I should like to know, with a satin gown on at five-and-six a yard?
"The Farringdons" by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
Grumbling and gasping he turned to meet her admiring looks.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
They lay like shivering dogs, grumbling and cursing and then, as they lay, the talk went on.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The Master said, Not to grumble at being poor is hard, not to be proud of wealth is easy.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
In a short time they will grumble at the Republic just as they grumble at the Emperor.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
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In poetry:

Guns of Metz they grumble, "When?"
Guns of Verdun answer then,
"Sisters, when to guard Lorraine
Gunners lay you East again!"
"Guns Of Verdun" by Patrick R Chalmers
His sterling worth had worked a cure,
She never heard him grumble;
She saw his soul was good and pure,
Although his rank was humble.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It ain't no use to grumble and complain;
It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice:
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,
W'y, rain's my choice.
"Wet Weather Talk" by James Whitcomb Riley
Life's pathway is full o' deep ruts,
An we mun tak gooid heed lest we stumble;
Man is made up of "ifs" and of "buts,"
It seems pairt ov his natur to grumble.
"Ther's Much Expected" by John Hartley
Become our captain, Aibric. I am resolved
To make an end of Forgael while he sleeps.
There's not a man but will be glad of it
When it is over, nor one to grumble at us.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
Hands grumble on the door,
Ships anchor off the bay,
Rain beats the sand and slates.
Shall I let in the stranger,
Shall I welcome the sailor,
Or stay till the day I die?
"Ears In The Turrets Hear" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger Gov Chris Christie Republican Party insiders are privately grumbling that Gov Chris Christie is acting like he's still the US attorney and treating GOP members of the Legislature as though they are his employees.
Disgruntled Bears running back shouldn't go public with grumbling over signing backup.
There's a "the absurdity continues" grumble, but mostly praise from people who realize the lefty's value - and a few suggestions that he avoid those pesky frozen hamburger patties.
We grumbled and whined and then finally showed up to the polls to show everyone we had opinions.
Beyond the Oscar Spectacle, Hollywood Is Grumbling.
Let's get ready to grumble.
When he doesn't care for an artist — for example, Roy Lichtenstein and his comic-book enlargements — he merely grumbles.
We've heard some grumbling from what appears to be from some of those passed over for the job, or at least from some close family or friends.
He grumbles whenever he's told to fall back or spring forward.
When my mind is working hard, my stomach inevitably starts grumbling.
Page 1 of 2 Some Citrix Systems channel partners are grumbling about what they perceive to be an alarming drift by the vendor toward direct sales relationships in Fortune 1000 accounts.
Back in 1965, executives at CBS were grumbling about an upcoming children's Christmas special.
So here I am grumbling about the disappointing start to the most intense part of election season while thinking that maybe Republicans were right when they said that Clint Eastwood is an Obama Democrat.
Week one of Tulsa's interim trash system is in the books, with some residents complaining about missed collection and officials grumbling about some of the public not being aware of what's going on.
In the few weeks that the phone has been on the market, a number of users have grumbled about a purplish glow appearing in their photos when the lens is angled toward the sun.
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