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
- ‘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.’
- ‘But then he was passed over for a promotion because of his youth, an oversight that disgruntles him even today.’
- ‘The car's make-over may disgruntle a few buyers who love Audis precisely because they're not BMWs.’
- ‘He was disgruntled by Clara's unflattering comments about his brother.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The event was organized by the District Council to make amends with locals disgruntled by weeks of traffic delays caused by roadworks.’
- ‘Nothing disgruntles anyone more, regardless of nationality, than the feeling they are being cheated or discriminated against.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There aren't any foreign language soundtracks available on the disc, which could disgruntle some.’
- ‘Key is a first term MP and Brash probably doesn't want to disgruntle another front-bencher by usurping their seat for a fresher.’
- ‘He stayed with the club through thick and thin and nothing disgruntled him.’
Mid 17th century: from dis- (as an intensifier) + dialect gruntle ‘utter little grunts’, from grunt.
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