• Si Was Disposed to Grumble 181
    Si Was Disposed to Grumble 181
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj grumbling continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound "the rumbling rolling sound of thunder"
    • n grumbling a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
    • n grumbling a loud low dull continuous noise "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
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  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known.”
  • John Wagstaff
    John Wagstaff
    “It is rare indeed that there is not ample occasion for grumbling.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Home is the place where we are treated the best, but grumble the most.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.”


In literature:

You are always grumbling about the music-halls.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
Yet for me, I should not grumble.
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
There was grumbling, and many dark looks followed us.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
We all had to dig for our lives, grumbling, but we got away.
"King Olaf's Kinsman" by Charles Whistler
Bad weather and long working hours would provoke outbursts of grumbling and fretful resentment.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
He knocked again and again, grumbling under his breath.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
It is true that Plon at first objected, but Marie could persuade him into anything, and he only grumbled.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
But the Spanish prelates, though coerced, were not silenced, and the storm which they had raised went grumbling on.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
And when I'm squire here, he shall be vicar, and I'll subscribe to all his dodges without a grumble.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
And I shouldn't grumble to you if there were anyone else to grumble to.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The eastern counties grumbled at his taxes.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
If Hartledon grumbles, I shall tell him it serves him right.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Take your umbrella and wait till the rain comes down before you grumble.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
That made Bat grunt and grumble and wriggle; and finally uncover, too.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Then I laughed as I heard their yapping, and grumbling, and questioning what had become of me.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Give me another cup of tea, and tell me what you have been grumbling about.
"Sisters Three" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I didn't grumble before, but you did hurt, sir.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
And the folk grumbled.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Jovita had picked up the knot of gay ribbon and brushed the dust off it, and carried it home with her, grumbling fiercely.
"The Pretty Sister Of José 1889" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
She called to him imperiously, and with a muttered grumble he resumed his pumping.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay

In poetry:

Become our captain, Aibric. I am resolved
To make an end of Forgael while he sleeps.
There’s not a man but will be glad of it
When it is over, nor one to grumble at us.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
'Tumble and rumble, and grumble and snort,
Like a whale to starboard, a whale to port;
Tumble and rumble, and grumble and snort,
And the steamer steams thro' the sea, love!'
"Afloat And Ashore" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
I never grumbled at his bills, but paid them one by one;
And when the boy came home again with all his schoolin' done,
I couldn't ask him out a-field or let him do a stroke,
He looked just a white-skinned birch, and I felt like an oak.
"A Farmer's Sorrow" by Sarah Orne Jewett
"You won't die now, for I've sucked it away,"
Grumbled old Francois, "so have your play.
If the Virgin is set on snake's colours so strong, --"
"Francois, don't say things like that, it is wrong."
So Clotilde vented
Her creed. He repented.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
"Poor we may be; spirits and viands fine
My humble means will not afford.
But what we have, we'll taste and not repine;
From us will come no grumbling word.
And though to you no virtue I can add,
Yet we will sing and dance, in spirit glad.
"The Rejoicings Of A Bridegroom" by Confucius
The old cove stopped, and the other old cove,
He sot quite still in his cypress grove,
And he looked at his stick, revolvin" slow,
Vether 'twere safe to shy it or no;
And he grumbled on, in an injured tone,
"All that I axed vos, Let me alone."
"All We Ask Is To Be Let Alone" by Henry Howard Brownell

In news:

Some critics dismissed Johns's work as a reheated version of Duchampian irony ("Dada's the Disease," grumbled Emily Genauer in The New York Herald Tribune).
Although there has been no public grumbling from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, teammates understand his frustration as they prepare to face the team that leads the NFL in sacks Monday.
Blake Lively's gig as spokesperson for Chanel's Mademoiselle handbag line has critics 'grumbling'.
The event was not without grumbling.
The first Monday in October, I stood on my lawn and grumbled about the paper being late.
The second Monday in October, I stood on my lawn and grumbled about the paper being late AGAIN.
It's not hard to imagine some of the sailors aboard the USS Nimitz grumbling about their new home.
Writers often grumble about the criminal things editors do to their prose.
Dissatisfaction with the Cleveland water division's problem-plagued billing system has moved beyond mere grumbling.
IN MARCH 2006, I grumbled in this column about San Jose's lack of literary masterpieces that take place in the gritty underbelly of this city.
For years agents have been grumbling about the death of the midlist author—those writers who are not bestsellers but consistently move tens of thousands of copies.
Neighbors Grumbled About the Rumble.
"Please tell me that noise is not coming from the restaurant," my dinner guest grumbled with a worried look across his face.
It was in response to their grumbling that Jesus told three parables .
After all the dust, pounding, crumbling and grumbling, the Streetscape Project is wrapping up.