‘Grumble’ hit me from a few angles in the last week: a challenge (to choose not to complain), a reference to thunder (grumbling and rumbling) and the assertion that the word is of Dutch origin … So, having worked on a few Dunglishy documents in the past fortnight …
With thanks to the very useful Macquarie Dictionary online (yes, I subscribe, do you?)
Grumble’s origin is a little unclear, but most sources mention Germanic origin, Middle Dutch and/or Middle French. There seems to be agreement that ‘grumble’ in its current form and meanings entered English in the late 16th century – first in the sense of complaining (1580) and shortly after as a rumbling sound (1590).
As I write this, the thunder IS grumbling away in the not-so-distant distance … a storm is brewing.
Trivia: did you know that a group of pugs is called ‘a grumble’? Well, if not, now you do!