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Etymology 1[edit]

See gruntle


gruntled (comparative more gruntled, superlative most gruntled)

  1. (obsolete) Grunted.
    • 1909, Mary Austin, Lost Borders, page 172:
      Along about the time Orion's sword sloped down the west, Chabot heard their gruntled noises and the scurry of the flock.

Etymology 2[edit]

Back-formation from disgruntled (c. 1925).[1]


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹʌntl̩d/
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gruntled (comparative more gruntled, superlative most gruntled)

  1. (humorous) Satisfied, pleased, contented. [from 1930s]
    Antonym: disgruntled
    • 1938, P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters:
      He spoke with a certain what-is-it in his voice, and I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.
    • 1994 July 25, Jack Winter, “How I met my wife”, in The New Yorker:
      It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and consolate.
    • 1996 March 13, Ira Berkow, “Sports of The Times: A Case For Fill-In Coaches”, in New York Times, retrieved 5 July 2012:
      After all, a number of players were disgruntled, and a few more were gruntled.
    • '2009 March 18, Ian O'Doherty, “Tyra—the cause of all evil”, in Irish Independent, retrieved 5 July 2012:
      [S]he was rumoured to be rather less than gruntled when The Soups Joel McHale said: "Here's Ryan Seacrest and Tyra Banks playing Lady and the Tramp ... You figure out which is which."
    • 2011, Jay Shepherd, “Gruntled Employees”, in Firing at Will: A Manager's Guide[1] (Business), Apress, →ISBN, page 228:
      Gruntled employees are happy employees. Gruntled employees like their coworkers. … gruntled employees like their employers. … So how do you keep your employees gruntled?

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