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Definition of the noun grumble

What does grumble mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: grumbles

  1. a loud low dull continuous noise
  2. a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

Alternative definition of the noun grumble

noun

  1. [onomatopoeia] A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound
  2. The sound made by a hungry stomach
  3. A complaint

Definition of the verb grumble

What does grumble mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: grumbled | grumbling | grumbles

  1. show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
    • example: We grumbled about the increased work load
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan complained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained, 'The mail didn't come today.' | Ellen warned, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Ellen complained about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen complained about the situation to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]Susan complained to Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained to Helen, 'The mail didn't come today.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] about [Topic]The prime minister complained to the former president about U.S. interference in his country's affairs

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): bellyache, bitch, boast, brag, complain, crab, gripe, grouch, grouse, kvetch, moan, object, whine.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of grumble: grouch / scold
    • more generic terms: complain / kick / kvetch / plain / quetch / sound off = express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  2. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    • example: she grumbles when she feels overworked
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan complainedVerbs of Communication: bellyache, bitch, boast, brag, complain, crab, gripe, grouch, grouse, kvetch, moan, object, whine
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained, 'The mail didn't come today.' | Ellen warned, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Ellen complained about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen complained about the situation to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]Susan complained to Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained to Helen, 'The mail didn't come today.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] about [Topic]The prime minister complained to the former president about U.S. interference in his country's affairs
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whisperedVerbs of Communication: babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, call, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of grumble: croak / gnarl / murmur / mutter
    • more generic terms: complain / kick / kvetch / plain / quetch / sound off = express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  3. to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
    • examples: he grumbled a rude response | Stones grumbled down the cliff
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, call, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of grumble: growl / rumble
    • more generic terms: emit / let loose / let out / utter = express audibly
  4. make a low noise
    • examples: Cars grumble in the streets | The streets grumble with cars
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of grumble: rumble
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound

Alternative definition of the verb grumble

verb

  1. [intransitive] To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.
  2. [intransitive] To complain.
  3. [transitive] To utter in a grumbling fashion.

Explanation

Grumble: A grumble is a sound or utterance that a human makes to his/herself, in a low, discontented way, usually in the form of a complaint. It can also be called a murmur or mutter.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grumble

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Google previewThe Death of Mr. Grumble (2014)

by Andrew-Henry Bowie

Grumble is a shocking story where the star of the show is also the underdog. This is a must-read book for anyone who enjoys black humour.

Google previewBadiou's Being and Event and the Mathematics of Set Theory (2014)

by Burhanuddin Baki

The standard grumble is that the descriptive remarks about mathematics by philosophers, even by philosophers in analytic philosophy, are devoid of contemporary validity or relevance. Moreover, mathematicians, when they are doing ...

Google previewDeveloping Community Nursing Practice (2001)

by Spencer, Sue, Unsworth, John, Burke, W.

Every grumble is a critique of practice, so these should Evidence for development 41.

Google previewThe Good Web Guide (2004)

by Arabella Dymoke

Our only grumble is that the site could benefit from updating a ...

Google previewDay One (2011)

by Jack Parks

An often-heard grumble is that Juniper Networks applies new and strange definitions to existing networking concepts when discussing the Junos operating system and its features, two of which are the topic ofthis book: policy and firewall filters.

Google previewThe British Quarterly Review (1882)

enough to keep it in order; and the only competition over which the Scotch tenant gives now and then a grumble is the occasional appearance of a retired grocer! So in England. But in Ireland there has been, as we have shown, the creation of ...

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1862)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

mutern, to grumble. Mutilon, mussitare. — Gl. in Schm. To Mutter. Lat. muttire, to utter low sounds. Swab. mottern, to make sour faces. Muzzle. It. muso, Fr. museau (for musel), the snout or muzzle of a beast ; It.

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

grumble. groundsheet n. a waterproof sheet spread on the ground inside a tent. groundsman (N.Amer. groundskeeper) n. (pl. groundsmen) Brit. a person who maintains a sports ground or the grounds of a large building. ground squirrel n. a ...

Google previewDictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English, Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Ninetheenth Century which are No Longer in Use ... [etc.] (1857)

by Thomas Wright

To grumble. GBIZZLE-DEMUNDY, s. A person always grinning. Devon. G110, a. A rich kind of fur.

Google previewDictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English (1904)

Containing Words from the English Writers Previous to the Nineteenth Century which are No Longer in Use, Or are Not Used in the Same Sense. And Words which are Now Used Only in the Provincial Dialects

To grumble. Grizzle-demundy, s. A person always grinning. Devon. Gro, s. A rich kind of fur. Groande, part. a. Growing. Groaning, ». A lying-in. Grob, v. To seek for. Line. Grobble,c. (1) To grovel; to poke about. North. (2) To make holes.

Google previewTuttle Balinese-English Dictionary (2014)

by Norbert Shadeg

intrans mutter, grumble. grayang intrans (nggrayang trans) move along (a swarm of ants); skip along. grebeg intrans (nggrebeg trans) ...

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Usage statistics about grumble

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun grumble:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb grumble:

croakscoldrumblegrumblegrowlmuttermurmur

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Quotes about Grumble

It is no use to grumble and complain; It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice; When God sorts out the weather and sends rain - Why, rain's my choice. (James Whitcomb Riley)
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Scrabble value of G2R1U1M3B3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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