grumbling grumbling  /ˈɡrəm bə lɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a loud low dull continuous noise
  2. (n) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
  3. (adj) continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound

Usage(s):

  1. For all the grumbling you do about your weekly grocery bill, the fact is you've never had it so good, at least in terms of what you pay for every calorie you eat.
  2. American motorists are understandably grumbling over skyrocketing gas prices as the summer travel season approaches.
  3. Despite the grumbling from politicians, it is still unclear whether opposition to the law is strong enough to kill it.

News

  1. Day 6: Riding the Renegade Route

    So here’s the thing: I’m generally not a rule-breaker. I follow directions and itineraries, and if they change and I’m told to do something different, I do it. Often with a bit of grumbling. So when the new route was announced for Day 6 of Ride The Rockies — a 93-mile ride that would help [...]
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  2. Steven Spielberg: Big tickets, big budgets make film industry 'implosion' imminent

    Movie ticket prices have long been a subject of grumbling among theater-goers, who have balked (but paid) for years as admissions rose ever higher into the double digits. But as two of Hollywood's leading directors recently noted in a panel discussion, it's likely to get a lot worse -- and ultimately will change the industry forever."There's eventually going to be an implosion -- or a big ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. With renovation, Capitol exodus to start soon

    Last session’s near-unanimous support for funding a major portion of the Capitol restoration project likely will turn into bipartisan grumbling this fall as the project moves inside the 108-year-old building.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Finance and Commerce

Quotes

  1. "There was no question there was grumbling in the clubhouse," Torre said, "but I felt in the spring when he went out there every time it was his turn, that that stuff was sort of on hold."
    on May 6, 2007 By: Joe Torre Source: SI.com

  2. "It looks as if it's here to stay. Certainly it's going to stay for this series," added Flower. "So there's no point in us grumbling about it. We've just get to get on with it and make sure we deal with it efficiently."
    on Dec 22, 2009 By: Andy Flower Source: SkySports

  3. Obama told Ryan that "if you want me to line up all the black actors, for example, who support me and put them on one side of the room and a couple who are grumbling on the other, I'm happy to have that. . . . Is there grumbling?"
    on Dec 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

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