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From Middle French grommeler, from Old French grumeler ‎(to murmur, grumble), from Middle Dutch grommelen ‎(to murmur, mutter, grunt), frequentative of Middle Dutch grommen, related to Low German grummeln ‎(to grumble), German grummeln ‎(to grumble).



  1. (clarification of this French definition is being sought) to grumble


This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il grommèle rather than *il grommele. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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