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
The OED and Merriam-Webster list that play on a word as a back-formation from disgruntle, and the word gruntle is born again—meaning “to put in a good humor.”
There is a little more about it here, where you can also read a short history of gruntle.
Haow duz he getz hiz gruntle bak? ai nebbur did unnurstan dat. just wut iz a gruntle?
Haow duz he getz hiz gruntle bak? ai nebbur did unnurstan dat.
Poar kitteh haz losted hims gruntle adn haz no moar illusions az wel!
July 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm lotz of tings at werk kan maek u loos yur gruntle..
And the noise that it sent out was strange and slow, and it did seem to gruntle gently unto itself in that lonesome hollow, as that it had made a long and quiet grumbling there, through Eternity.
While her gruntle-status remains unclear, via Josh Marshall I see this startling phrase in an NYT story today:As she prepares to leave her job at the end of the year, Ms. Rice, the president's national security adviser, now finds herself at the center of a political storm, furiously defending both the White House and her own reputation.
You might think that if the old gruntle meant “complain,” then disgruntle would mean “to stop from complaining,” but language is not always logical.
The frequentive of wrest is wrestle; of prate, prattle; of spark, sparkle; and the frequentive of grunt is gruntle.