gruntle

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

grunt +‎ -le (early modern English frequentative suffix)

Verb[edit]

gruntle (third-person singular simple present gruntles, present participle gruntling, simple past and past participle gruntled)

  1. (obsolete) To utter small, low grunts.
  2. (obsolete) To complain; to grumble
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From grunt +‎ -le (diminutive suffix).

Noun[edit]

gruntle (plural gruntles)

  1. a grunting sound
  2. a snort

Etymology 3[edit]

back-formation from disgruntled

Verb[edit]

gruntle (third-person singular simple present gruntles, present participle gruntling, simple past and past participle gruntled)

  1. (humorous) To humour; to induce the opposite effect of causing a person to become disgruntled.
Usage notes[edit]

To gruntle is not in normal usage. It has gained a certain currency amongst information security specialists to describe a process whereby the negative feelings of a disgruntled user might be reduced, or positive feelings induced.