Grumble - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡrʌmbl|  American pronunciation of the word grumble
Brit.  |ˈɡrʌmb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word grumble


- a loud low dull continuous noise (syn: grumbling, rumble, rumbling)
- a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone (syn: grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering)


- show one's unhappiness or critical attitude(syn: grouch, scold)
- make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath(syn: croak, gnarl, murmur, mutter)
- to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds(syn: growl, rumble)
- make a low noise (syn: rumble)


There's been a lot of grumbling among the employees.

Some of the customers have been grumbling about poor service.

Fans grumbled about the team's poor play.

“When are we going to leave?” he grumbled.

We could hear thunder grumbling in the distance.

They grumbled (to us) that the decision was not fair.

He will always find something to grumble about.

I heard thunder grumbling in the distance.

Farmers are always grumbling about the weather.

A few passengers grumbled that their cabins were too small.

'This is boring,' Kathleen grumbled.

Thunder grumbled overhead.

We grumbled about the increased work load

she grumbles when she feels overworked

Stones grumbled down the cliff

Word forms

I/you/we/they: grumble
he/she/it: grumbles
present participle: grumbling
past tense: grumbled
past participle: grumbled
singular: grumble
plural: grumbles
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