what is difference between grumble and grumbling
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”).
- IPA(key): /ˈɡɹʌmbl̩/
- Rhymes: -ʌmbəl
grumble (plural grumbles)
- (onomatopoeia) A low thundering, rumbling or growling sound.
- The sound made by a hungry stomach.
- A surly complaint.
- That whiner is never without a grumble to share.
grumble (third-person singular simple present grumbles, present participle grumbling, simple past and past participle grumbled)
- (intransitive) To make a low, growling or rumbling noise, like a hungry stomach or certain animals.
- The distant thunder grumbles.
- (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.
- (transitive) To utter in a grumbling fashion.
- See also Thesaurus:complain
- present participle of grumble
grumbling (plural grumblings)
- the grumblings of a bad-tempered man