Back-formation from disgruntled.
gruntled (comparative more gruntled, superlative most gruntled)
- (humorous) Satisfied, pleased, contented.
- 1996 March 13, Ira Berkow, "Sports of The Times: A Case For Fill-In Coaches," 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," Irish Independent (retrieved 5 July 2012):
- [S]he was rumoured to be rather less than gruntled when The Soup's 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 (Business), Apress, ISBN 781430237389 Invalid 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?
The verb gruntle is not in normal usage. The adjective gruntled is used only humorously, as the imagined opposite of disgruntled.