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English definition of “grumble”


verb [I]     /ˈɡrʌ̩/
to complain about someone or something in an annoyed way: She spent the evening grumbling to me about her job . [+ speech] "You never hang your coat up," she grumbled.Complaining If your stomach grumbles, it makes a low , continuous noise , usually because you are hungry .Noises made by the body grumbler     /-blər/ US  /-blɚ/ noun [C] a person who complains a lotComplaining
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