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grumbling


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grumble  \Grum"ble\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Grunbled};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Grumbling}.]  [Cf.  LG  grummeln  grumman  D.  grommelen 
  grommen,  and  F.  grommeler  of  German  origin;  cf  W.  grwm, 
  murmur,  grumble,  surly.  [root]35.  Cf  {Grum},  {Grim}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grumbling 
  adj  1:  continuous  full  and  low-pitched  throbbing  sound;  "the 
  rumbling  rolling  sound  of  thunder"  [syn:  {rumbling}] 
  2:  muttering  discontentedly;  "the  grumbling  boarders  requested 
  a  meeting  with  the  cook" 
  n  1:  a  loud  low  dull  continuous  noise;  "they  heard  the  rumbling 
  of  thunder"  [syn:  {rumble},  {rumbling},  {grumble}] 
  2:  a  complaint  uttered  in  a  low  and  indistinct  tone  [syn:  {grumble}, 
  {murmur},  {murmuring},  {mutter},  {muttering}] 




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