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grinch

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noun \ˈgrinch\

Simple Definition of grinch

  • : an unpleasant person who spoils other people's fun or enjoyment

Full Definition of grinch

Examples of grinch

  1. Only a grinch would complain about the movie's silly plot.

  2. <accused the mayor of being a grinch after he cancelled the city's annual holiday parade for budgetary reasons>



Origin of grinch

from the Grinch, character in the children's story How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)


First Known Use: 1966

Rhymes with grinch


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