[syn: grumbling, rumbling]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grumble \Grum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Grunbled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Grumbling.] [Cf. LG. grummeln, grumen, 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound; "the
rumbling rolling sound of thunder" [syn: grumbling,
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, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
88 Moby Thesaurus words for "grumbling":
beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching, boom,
booming, complaining, complaint, complaintful, crabbing, crabby,
cranky, croaking, destructive criticism, disappointed,
discontented, disgruntled, displeased, dissatisfied, dissent, echo,
envious, faultfinding, grievance, gripe, griping, groan, groaning,
grouchy, grouse, grousing, growl, growling, gruff, grumble,
grumbly, grumpish, grumpy, holler, howl, kick, kicking, malcontent,
malcontented, murmuring, muttering, out of humor, peeve, peevish,
peevishness, pet peeve, petulance, petulant, protest, querulant,
querulous, querulousness, rebellious, reboation, rebound, reecho,
resentful, resound, resounding, restive, restless, reverberation,
rumble, rumbling, scolding, sniping, squawk, squawking, sulky,
thunder, thundering, unaccepting, unaccommodating, uneasy,
unfulfilled, ungratified, unhappy, unsatisfied, whining, whiny,