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grumble (v.)

1580s, "complain in a low voice;" 1590s, "make a low, rumbling sound," from French grommeler "mutter between the teeth" or directly from Middle Dutch grommelen "murmur, mutter, grunt," from grommen "to rumble, growl." Imitative, or perhaps akin to grim (adj.). With unetymological -b- as in mumble. Related: Grumbled; grumbling.

grumble (n.)

1620s, from grumble (v.).

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Definitions of grumble from WordNet
1
grumble (v.)
show one's unhappiness or critical attitude;
We grumbled about the increased work load
Synonyms: grouch / scold
grumble (v.)
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;
she grumbles when she feels overworked
Synonyms: murmur / mutter / croak / gnarl
grumble (v.)
make a low noise;
Synonyms: rumble
grumble (v.)
to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds;
he grumbled a rude response
Stones grumbled down the cliff
Synonyms: growl / rumble
2
grumble (n.)
a loud low dull continuous noise;
Synonyms: rumble / rumbling / grumbling
grumble (n.)
a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone;
Synonyms: grumbling / murmur / murmuring / mutter / muttering
From wordnet.princeton.edu