grumble grumble  /ˈɡrəm bəl/


  1. (n) a loud low dull continuous noise
  2. (n) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
  3. (v) show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
  4. (v) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
  5. (v) to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
  6. (v) make a low noise

Derived Word(s)


  1. Sources in the Pentagon, White House and Congress grumble that the CIA and the nation's other intelligence bureaucracy were caught flat-footed by the Sept.
  2. In general, they potter around their crammed apartments, grumble about their senile husbands and make endless mugs of tea for visitors.
  3. Thus, Barzun warns, those who continue to grumble at America are merely singing a worn-out tune.


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  1. "Certain changes are made and people grumble about it, and move on," DeWitt said. "I don't think that was the case in this situation. It got worse. It's really hard when everybody is not on the same page."
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: Bill DeWitt Source: USA Today

  2. "We are going to lose some off days but we expected that. Now we'll just plan for it," Wedge said. "There's no reason for anybody to grumble about anything. They know we're going to have to make those games up and they're all aware that most...
    on May 4, 2007 By: Eric Wedge Source:

  3. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, another commission member, said: "Most people will have the odd grumble about their job, but are treated fairly most of the time.
    on May 31, 2007 By: Brendan Barber Source: Times Online

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