Definition of disgruntled in US English:

disgruntled

adjective

  • Angry or dissatisfied.

    ‘judges receive letters from disgruntled members of the public’
    • ‘It marks another win for disgruntled shareholders, but does the penalty go far enough?’
    • ‘A resident was so disgruntled when his rubbish was not collected that he threatened to dump it on the town hall steps.’
    • ‘It was the desperate act of a disgruntled former city employee who was refused his old job back.’
    • ‘A good reputation can be severely dented by a dissatisfied cleaner or by a disgruntled customer.’
    • ‘The defence portrayed her as a disgruntled employee who had reasons to lie.’
    • ‘The move was aimed at persuading disgruntled motorists that fixed sites were not being exploited to raise revenue.’
    • ‘I am feeling decidedly old and decrepit this morning and rather disgruntled with life and myself in general!’
    • ‘It would be a good thing to see players who are disgruntled sitting down with management.’
    • ‘The flat looks rather like it has been ransacked by disgruntled burglars.’
    • ‘Letters from disillusioned and disgruntled fans were answered, phone calls returned.’
    • ‘She is no longer vibrant; she is disgruntled and unable to commit to anything or anyone.’
    • ‘One executive on the list was shot and killed over a land dispute by a disgruntled business partner.’
    • ‘Officials believe the culprit is likely to be a disgruntled motorist who has been photographed by the cameras and fined.’
    • ‘Front line staff bore the brunt of the abuse that disgruntled students cast.’
    • ‘We have not fallen from grace or lost all sense of decency, as some disgruntled tribunes of the people would have you believe.’
    • ‘The President is just being insulted by the citizens, because they are disgruntled.’
    • ‘He was disgruntled at the introduction of the smoking law, saying it took away his freedom.’
    • ‘By the end of his life he was a disgruntled and unhappy man, spending any money he had made on drink.’
    • ‘It seems that some disgruntled moviegoers are angry with the advertisements that now run before most movies.’
    • ‘The disgruntled employees from the data management team left immediately and vowed not to return.’
    dissatisfied, discontented, aggrieved, resentful, fed up, displeased, unhappy, disappointed, disaffected, malcontent
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from dis- (as an intensifier) + dialect gruntle ‘utter little grunts’, from grunt.

Pronunciation

disgruntled

/ˌdisˈɡrən(t)ld//ˌdɪsˈɡrən(t)ld/