grumble vs grumbling what difference

what is difference between grumble and grumbling

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


English

Verb

grumbling

  1. present participle of grumble

Noun

grumbling (plural grumblings)

  1. complaining
    the grumblings of a bad-tempered man
  2. rumbling

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