Definitions

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  • adv. While or as if grumbling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a grumbling manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With grumbling or discontent; in a grumbling voice or manner.

Etymologies

grumbling +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Parents grumblingly shell out their 15 pounds or so.

    World War II Evacuee Halloween Costume: Offensive Or Educational? (PHOTOS, POLL)

  • It was evident that he did not understand, but he withdrew his head, and grumblingly started his horse.

    THE DESCENT

  • I grumblingly had to acknowledge that okay, yes, lemons can turn into juicy lemonade, and that once I changed my attitude, the frustration and anger evaporated.

    Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.: The Secret Behind THE SECRET: Who Gets to Tell Your Story?

  • It is likely that the DNC Rules Committee will find (after great rancor) a solution to MI-FL no one likes, but most grumblingly accept.

    DNC meeting hottest ticket in town

  • He can grumblingly set up the coffee machine, delaying his bedtime but ensuring a smoother return to consciousness the next morning.

    Song of My Selves

  • "They still willingly countenance an antibourgeois life," said Falameezar grumblingly, but with less certainty.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • While Tony Blair "accepted, however grumblingly, that there was a certain reality about the way the world works," says Petersen, the SPD, like France's Socialists or Italy's leftist parties, "never made its peace with capitalism and the market economy, nor the competition and inequalities that go with it."

    The New Low Lights On The Left

  • We institute and (grumblingly) support taxes and other coercive devices to escape the horror of the commons.

    Tragedy of the Commons (historical)

  • Meanwhile the two gentlemen, each looking very hard at the last shilling grumblingly, as if it might become eighteen – pence if he kept his eyes on it, descended the doorsteps, ascended their carriages, and drove away, leaving Miss Twinkleton on a bonnet – box in tears.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • He grumblingly opened his books notwithstanding, and always keeping his bright side towards Mark, no matter at what amount of inconvenience to himself, displayed a certain leaf for their perusal.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

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