: a fit of bad temper
: a habitually irritable or complaining person : grumbler
grouch intransitive verb

Examples of grouch in a Sentence

an uncle who is a real grouch when he's sick having been proven wrong, he had a grouch on for hours afterwards
Recent Examples on the Web The group’s success on the show pleased Mandel, who joked that viewers see him as a grouch. USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 No one likes a grouch. Rabbi Dovid Vigler, Sun Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2022 Howie Mandel is the new resident grouch. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 So have Amuka-Bird’s Sabrina, who came all the way from California; Adriane (Abby Quinn), a short-order cook from Washington, D.C.; and Redmond (Rupert Grint), a Massachusetts gas-company worker who is the only grouch in the bunch. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 This weekend, America's Dad turns resident grouch for a comedic entry in the expansive Hanks-ography while Butler captains an action thriller alongside Mike Colter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2023 Jackie Sanders portrays the perfect manipulator and grouch that is Marika. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2022 The original version of the family-friendly tale stars horror legend Boris Karloff, who both narrates and voices the memorable green grouch. Matt Juul, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Dec. 2022 Clint then notices how the miserly grouch shuts down conversations with a stern greeting that shocks onlookers for its vulgarity. Ashley Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'grouch.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


probably alteration of grutch grudge; from Middle English grucche, grugge, from grucchen — more at grudge

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grouch was circa 1895

Dictionary Entries Near grouch

Cite this Entry

“Grouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grouch. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a sudden outburst of bad temper
: an irritable or complaining person
grouch verb

More from Merriam-Webster on grouch

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!