grouch vs grumble what difference

what is difference between grouch and grumble

English

Etymology

From Middle English grouchen, variant of grucchen (to complain, mumble, murmur). See grutch.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɹaʊtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -aʊtʃ

Noun

grouch (plural grouches)

  1. A complaint, a grumble, a fit of ill-humor. [from the late 19th c]
    • 1919, P. G. Wodehouse, ‘A Damsel in Distress’, Herbert Jenkins, 1956, p 20
      But today he had noticed from the moment he had got out of bed that something was amiss with the world. Either he was in the grip of some divine discontent due to the highly developed condition of his soul, or else he had a grouch.
  2. One who is grumpy or irritable. [from the early 20th c]
    • I don’t feel like hanging around with that grouch.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:complainer

Translations

Verb

grouch (third-person singular simple present grouches, present participle grouching, simple past and past participle grouched)

  1. (intransitive) To be grumpy or irritable; to complain. [from the early 20th c]

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:complain

Related terms

  • grouchy


English

Etymology

Probably from Middle French grommeler, from Old French grumeler (to murmur, grumble), from Middle Dutch *grommelen (“to murmur, mutter, grunt”; > Modern Dutch grommelen (to grumble)), frequentative of Middle Dutch grommen (to growl, grunt). Cognate with Middle Low German grummelen (> Low German grummeln (to grumble)), German grummeln (to grumble), Norwegian dialectal grymja (to growl, grunt).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹʌmbl̩/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmbəl

Noun

grumble (plural grumbles)

  1. (onomatopoeia) A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound.
  2. The sound made by a hungry stomach.
  3. A surly complaint.
    That whiner is never without a grumble to share.

Derived terms

  • grumbly

Translations

Verb

grumble (third-person singular simple present grumbles, present participle grumbling, simple past and past participle grumbled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.
    The distant thunder grumbles.
  2. (intransitive) To complain; to murmur or mutter with discontent; to make ill-natured complaints in a low voice and a surly manner.
    He grumbles about the food constantly, but has yet to learn to cook.
  3. (transitive) To utter in a grumbling fashion.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:complain

Derived terms

  • begrumble
  • grumbler

Translations

See also

  • rumble

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