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grumble

grum·ble

grumble

 
 
pronunciation:
gruhm bl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: grumbled, grumbles, grumbling
definition 1: to mutter dissatisfaction or complaints.
He grumbled at the price, but in the end he paid it.Quit grumbling and get on with your work.
synonyms:
beef, bellyache, bitch, complain, fuss, gripe, grouch, grouse, growl, moan
similar words:
murmur, mutter, nag, sulk, whine
definition 2: to make deep, muffled sounds; rumble.
My stomach grumbled all through the meeting.
synonyms:
growl, rumble
similar words:
murmur, roar, thunder
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to express in a muttering, complaining tone.
She grumbled some kind of answer.
synonyms:
growl, moan
similar words:
murmur, mutter, whine
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a complaint, esp. a muttered or muffled complaint.
There were grumbles from the parents about the changes in the school curriculum.
synonyms:
beef, bellyache, complaint, fuss, gripe, grouse, growl
similar words:
grouch, moan, murmur, mutter, whine
definition 2: a series of deep, indistinct sounds; rumble.
We heard the grumble of thunder before the storm hit.
synonyms:
murmur, roar, rumble
similar words:
mutter
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derivations: grumbly (adj.), grumblingly (adv.), grumbler (n.)
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