grumbling


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Synonyms for grumbling

a loud low dull continuous noise

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a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

continuous full and low-pitched throbbing sound

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When you die, strange hands will lay you out, with grumbling and impatience; no one will bless you, no one will sigh for you, they only want to get rid of you as soon as may be; they will buy a coffin, take you to the grave as they did that poor woman today, and celebrate your memory at the tavern.
de Treville, when the eyes of the king fell upon him, he sustained the look with so much firmness that it was the king who dropped his eyes; after which his Majesty, grumbling, entered his apartment.
Dantes raised himself up and began to talk about everything; about the bad quality of the food, about the coldness of his dungeon, grumbling and complaining, in order to have an excuse for speaking louder, and wearying the patience of his jailer, who out of kindness of heart had brought broth and white bread for his prisoner.
And the troop, grumbling angrily, disappeared in the darkness and took the road to Paris.
And it was wonderful how she never wanted to go out now--indeed, could hardly be persuaded to go; and she bore her aunt's putting a stop to her weekly lesson in fine-work at the Chase without the least grumbling or pouting.
An air of sullen dissatisfaction pervaded the manner of the hunter during the whole of his speech; yet he thought it prudent to utter the close of the sentence in such an undertone as to leave nothing audible but the grumbling sounds of his voice.
Always refractory and grumbling -- monsieur -- monsieur -- What do they call you?
The rest of the silent hours are filled with eating and fidgeting, and long grumbling soliloquies.
You see, my dear sir, I have read your project," interrupted Arakcheev, uttering only the first words amiably and then- again without looking at Prince Andrew- relapsing gradually into a tone of grumbling contempt.
There was much grumbling, and my father called a council.
Then ensued grumbling, discontent, murmurs; they blamed the president, taxed him with dictatorial conduct.
But neither the young Divine said so, nor anyone of his grumbling companions in the coach of the vetturino.
And as his stomach kept grumbling more than ever and he had nothing to quiet it with, he thought of going out for a walk to the near-by village, in the hope of finding some charitable person who might give him a bit of bread.
Tacit obedience implies no force upon the will, and consequently may be easily, and without any pains, preserved; but when a wife, a child, a relation, or a friend, performs what we desire, with grumbling and reluctance, with expressions of dislike and dissatisfaction, the manifest difficulty which they undergo must greatly enhance the obligation.
I made no complaint, but Wolf Larsen demanded the most punctilious sea etiquette in my case,--far more than poor Johansen had ever received; and at the expense of several rows, threats, and much grumbling, he brought the hunters to time.