noun \ˈgrinch\

: 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


Next Word in the Dictionary: grind (verb)Previous Word in the Dictionary: grinAll Words Near: grinch
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears