grumbling


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grum·ble

 (grŭm′bəl)
v. grum·bled, grum·bling, grum·bles
v.intr.
1. To complain in a surly manner; mutter discontentedly: "The governed will always find something to grumble about" (Crane Brinton).
2. To rumble or growl.
v.tr.
To express in a grumbling discontented manner: grumbled a rude response.
n.
1. A muttered complaint.
2. A rumble; a growl.

[Probably Dutch grommelen, to mutter, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of grommen.]

grum′bler n.
grum′bling·ly adv.
grum′bly adj.

grumbling

(ˈɡrʌmbəlɪŋ)
n
the activity of complaining, or complaints generally
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grumbling - a loud low dull continuous noisegrumbling - a loud low dull continuous noise; "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.grumbling - a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment
Adj.1.grumbling - continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound; "the rumbling rolling sound of thunder"
full - (of sound) having marked deepness and body; "full tones"; "a full voice"
Translations

grumbling

[ˈgrʌmblɪŋ]
A. N I couldn't stand his constant grumblingno podía soportar que estuviera gruñendo todo el rato
B. ADJ [person, tone] → gruñón
grumbling soundgruñido m
a grumbling appendixsíntomas mpl de apendicitis

grumbling

[ˈgrʌmbəlɪŋ] n (= complaints) → récriminations fpl
References in classic literature ?
There was much grumbling, and my father called a council.
Tacit obedience implies no force upon the will, and consequently may be easily, and without any pains, preserved; but when a wife, a child, a relation, or a friend, performs what we desire, with grumbling and reluctance, with expressions of dislike and dissatisfaction, the manifest difficulty which they undergo must greatly enhance the obligation.
And as his stomach kept grumbling more than ever and he had nothing to quiet it with, he thought of going out for a walk to the near-by village, in the hope of finding some charitable person who might give him a bit of bread.
Here and there I may have missed a thing, and the old fashioned way of doing business on this side bothers me a bit, but on the whole I'm not grumbling.
I made no complaint, but Wolf Larsen demanded the most punctilious sea etiquette in my case,--far more than poor Johansen had ever received; and at the expense of several rows, threats, and much grumbling, he brought the hunters to time.
Of course much grumbling went on, and little outbursts were continually occurring.
And I got you, Nancy, in spite of all; and yet I've been grumbling and uneasy because I hadn't something else--as if I deserved it.
It was the cumulative effect of having a mother in reduced circumstances and grumbling about it, of being compelled to work and grumbling about that, and of achieving in her work only a semi-success and grumbling about that also, that--backed by her looks--enabled Claire to give quite a number of people, and Bill Dawlish in particular, the impression that she was a modern martyr, only sustained by her indomitable courage.
TOMORROW morning you may tumble out of bed with the Monday blues grumbling about the week ahead.
If there were an Olympic sport for grumbling, we Brits would be top of the medal table, streets ahead of the competition, giving the rest of the world a run for their money.
Ravi and Prakash illustrate the difference between groaning and grumbling.
St Helens supporters have spent much of the season grumbling about how poor their injury-hit team has been, the ineffectiveness of the coaching staff and their team having no chance of winning the Super League.