Definition of grumble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    grumble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grumble
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmbl//
     
    he / she / it grumbles
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmblz//
     
    past simple grumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmbld//
     
    past participle grumbled
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmbld//
     
    -ing form grumbling
    BrE BrE//ˈɡrʌmblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡrʌmblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to complain about somebody/something in a bad-tempered way grumble (at/to somebody) (about/at somebody/something) She's always grumbling to me about how badly she's treated at work. + speech ‘I'll just have to do it myself,’ he grumbled. grumble that… They kept grumbling that they were cold. Synonymscomplainprotest object grumble moan whineThese words all mean to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/​something.complain to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/​something:I’m going to complain to the manager about this.protest to say or do something to show that you disagree with or disapprove of something, especially publicly; to give something as a reason for protesting:Students took to the streets to protest against the decision.object to say that you disagree with or disapprove of something; to give something as a reason for objecting:If nobody objects, we’ll postpone the meeting till next week. He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.grumble (rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/​something in a bad-tempered way:They kept grumbling that they were cold.moan (British English, rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/​something in an annoying way:What are you moaning on about now?whine (rather informal, disapproving) to complain in an annoying, crying voice:Stop whining! ‘I want to go home,’ whined Toby. Whine is often used to talk about the way that young children complain.Patterns to complain/​protest/​grumble/​moan/​whine about something to complain/​protest/​grumble/​moan at something to complain/​protest/​object/​grumble/​moan/​whine to somebody to complain/​protest/​object/​grumble/​moan/​whine that…
  2. 2[intransitive] to make a deep continuous sound synonym rumble Thunder grumbled in the distance.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from obsolete grumme (probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch grommen) + -le.Extra examples He was always grumbling at me. I can’t bear people who grumble about the weather. She grumbled at having to carry so many boxes. We’re all well at the moment, so I can’t grumble. ‘I’ll just have to do it myself,’ he grumbled. She’s always grumbling to me about how badly she’s treated at work.
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