grinch

noun \ ˈgrinch \

Definition of grinch

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Examples of grinch in a Sentence

  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

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Did You Know?

When Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957, he probably had no idea that in 20 years "grinch" would enter the general lexicon of English. Like Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge (whose name has become synonymous with "miser"), the Grinch changes his ways by the story's end, but it's the unreformed character who "hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!" who sticks in our minds. The ill-natured Grinch, with his heart "two sizes too small," provides us with a lively symbol of someone we love to hate, and his name has thus come to refer to any disgruntled grump who ruins the pleasure of others.

Origin and Etymology of grinch

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


GRINCH Defined for English Language Learners

grinch

noun

Definition of grinch for English Language Learners

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



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