Grum·ble v. i. [imp. & p. p. Grunbled p. pr. & vb. n. Grumbling ]
1. To murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner.
L'Avare, not using half his store,
Still grumbles that he has no more. --Prior.
2. To growl; to snarl in deep tones; as, a lion grumbling over his prey.
3. To rumble; to make a low, harsh, and heavy sound; to mutter; as, the distant thunder grumbles.
Grum·ble, v. t. To express or utter with grumbling.
1. The noise of one that grumbles.
2. A grumbling, discontented disposition.
A bad case of grumble. --Mrs. H. H. Jackson.
n 1: a loud low dull continuous noise; "they heard the rumbling
of thunder" [syn: rumble, rumbling, grumbling]
2: a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone [syn: grumbling,
murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering]
v 1: show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded
about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled
about the increased work load" [syn: grouch, scold]
2: make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she
grumbles when she feels overworked" [syn: murmur, mutter,
3: to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds; "he grumbled a
rude response"; "Stones grumbled down the cliff" [syn: growl,
4: make a low noise; "rumbling thunder" [syn: rumble]