gruntled

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from disgruntled.

AdjectiveEdit

gruntled (comparative more gruntled, superlative most gruntled)

  1. (humorous) Satisfied, pleased, contented.
    • 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.
    • 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[1], Business, Apress, ISBN 781430237389, page 228:
      Gruntled employees are happy employees. Gruntled employees like their coworkers. … gruntled employees like their employers. … So how to you keep your employees gruntled?

Usage notesEdit

The verb gruntle is not in normal usage. The adjective gruntled is used only humorously, as the imagined opposite of disgruntled.

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Last modified on 20 June 2013, at 18:09