Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Morose; surly; sullen; glum.
  • Low; deep in the throat; guttural: as, a grum voice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Morose; severe of countenance; sour; surly; glum; grim.
  • adjective Low; deep in the throat; guttural; rumbling.

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  • adjective Morose, stern, surly.

Etymologies

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Blend of grim and glum

Examples

  • In the middle of the night, Shotgun oozed up onto the foot of the bed and sprawled out lazily, pushing me off to the side, grum-pling his annoyance that I was taking up so much room; every so often, he farted his opinion of the spaghetti sauce, then after a while he began snoring, a wheezing-whistling noise.

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  • "They weren't any joy for us, I can tell you," Keman grum-bled.

    Elvenborn

  • He added that he had been told by Robert Valbringue, who lately passed that way in his return from Africa, that a sixth kind was to fly hither out of hand, which he called capus-hawks, more grum, vinegar-faced, brain-sick, froward, and loathsome than any kind whatsoever in the whole island.

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  • He added that he had been told by Robert Valbringue, who lately passed that way in his return from Africa, that a sixth kind was to fly hither out of hand, which he called capus-hawks, more grum, vinegar-faced, brain-sick, froward, and loathsome than any kind whatsoever in the whole island.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • "They should just come in and deliver it themselves," the soldier grum - bled, but he saluted his warder and ran down the length of the long dock, calling to the ship.

    Mortalis

  • "They should just come in and deliver it themselves," the soldier grum - bled, but he saluted his warder and ran down the length of the long dock, calling to the ship.

    Mortalis

  • The wind gusted, and for a moment they could hear the low, grum-bling, squealing sound of the thinny.

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  • We barely got inside before Maya started grum-bling.

    Cold Copper Tears

  • "At least you had water," the usually silent Scarlatella grum-bles.

    Passage at Arms

  • For four nights he had waited there, grum - bling at the loss of his catch, but kept faithful and silent by the gift of gold and the queen's promise.

    The Wicked Day

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  • With Summer's end at long last come
    It's back to the book and the sum.
    Oh, pity the dolors
    Of unwilling scholars,
    Their once merry faces grown grum.

    September 3, 2015