- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to complain about someone or something in a bad-tempered way grumble (at/to somebody) (about/at somebody/something) She's always grumbling to me about how badly they treat her at work. + speech “I'll just have to do it myself,” he grumbled. grumble that… They kept grumbling that they were cold. Thesauruscomplainprotest object grumble whineThese words all mean to say that you are annoyed, unhappy, or not satisfied about someone or something.complain to say that you are annoyed, unhappy, or not satisfied about someone or 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:Unless you object, we'll postpone the meeting till next week. He objected to being treated like a child.grumble (somewhat informal, disapproving) to complain about someone or something in a bad-tempered way:They kept grumbling about the cold.whine (somewhat informal, disapproving) to complain in an annoying, crying voice:Stop whining! What is he whining about now? Whine is often used to talk about the way that young children complain.Patterns to complain/protest/grumble/whine about something to complain/protest/object/grumble/whine to somebody to complain/protest/object/grumble/whine that…
- 2[intransitive] to make a deep continuous sound synonym rumble Thunder grumbled in the distance.
NAmE//ˈɡrʌmbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grumble
he / she / it grumbles
past simple grumbled
-ing form grumbling
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