One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (someone) angry or dissatisfied.‘nothing disgruntles anyone more than the feeling they are being cheated’
displease, fail to satisfy, give cause for complaint, not be good enoughView synonyms
- ‘The car's make-over may disgruntle a few buyers who love Audis precisely because they're not BMWs.’
- ‘The event was organized by the District Council to make amends with locals disgruntled by weeks of traffic delays caused by roadworks.’
- ‘I suspect that a one-hour signing for an entire country like Germany seems like a recipe for disgruntling an awful lot of German readers.’
- ‘Nothing disgruntles anyone more, regardless of nationality, than the feeling they are being cheated or discriminated against.’
- ‘Key is a first term MP and Brash probably doesn't want to disgruntle another front-bencher by usurping their seat for a fresher.’
- ‘This is a man who thought nothing of disgruntling rabid fans of his two first solo albums, Heartbreaker and Gold, by releasing a pop-rock album.’
- ‘This new action-heavy approach threatens to disgruntle hardcore fans of the series.’
- ‘He was disgruntled by Clara's unflattering comments about his brother.’
- ‘But then he was passed over for a promotion because of his youth, an oversight that disgruntles him even today.’
- ‘He stayed with the club through thick and thin and nothing disgruntled him.’
- ‘There aren't any foreign language soundtracks available on the disc, which could disgruntle some.’
- ‘The salaries of council managers came under the spotlight as municipal workers went on strike over pay and communities disgruntled by poor service delivery protested in many places.’
Mid 17th century: from dis- (as an intensifier) + dialect gruntle ‘utter little grunts’, from grunt.
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