Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To utter small, low grunts.
  • v. To complain; to grumble
  • v. To humour; to induce the opposite effect of causing a person to become disgruntled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grunt; to grunt repeatedly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grunt.
  • To be sulky.
  • n. A grunting sound.
  • n. A snout.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Etymologies

grunt +‎ -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”) (Wiktionary)
back-formation from disgruntled (Wiktionary)

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  • Original meaning is to grunt, as a pig. Nowadays, some use the word (either in jest, or seriously) to mean the opposite of disgruntle.

    July 24, 2009

  • Swine are gruntled by gruntling. See rootled.

    November 17, 2007

  • Well, it definitely gruntles. If it nuzzles as well, I bet it gets whatever it's nuzzling wet. Ick.

    November 17, 2007

  • Hmm. Think that pig nuzzles?

    November 17, 2007

  • I always think of the proverbial pig in shit, gruntling away, as favourably disposed as a pig can be.

    November 17, 2007

  • Apparently so. Its obsolete meaning is more fun, though: To grunt repeatedly. :-)

    November 17, 2007

  • It's a real word?

    November 16, 2007