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Definition of grouch

1a : a fit of bad temper
2 : a habitually irritable or complaining person : grumbler

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Other Words from grouch

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 Her banter sings, particularly in the hands of a lovable grouch like Graham. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: May romances tackle issues with ferocity and love," 1 June 2020 Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the eternally spiteful and selfish grouch whose misdeeds against his workers and even their families are no longer inferred. Hunter Ingram, USA TODAY, "Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis on FX's 'no-holds-barred' remake of 'A Christmas Carol'," 21 Dec. 2019 So your method of writing something personal is fine — provided your e-cards are not the animated sort that take up time and space on the computer, annoying grouches like Miss Manners. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: In defense of e-cards for Christmas greetings," 2 Dec. 2019 Scrooge, of course, starts the story as a miserly grouch, and ends it charitably. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Rethinking Tiny Tim: Should a Disabled Actor Play the Role?," 14 Nov. 2019 From being a stubborn grouch to having a new lease on life, Nicky Pearson appears to have made a 180 on This Is Us. Karen Mizoguchi,, "This Is Us' Griffin Dunne Teases Nicky's 'Very Emotional' Thanksgiving Reunion: He 'Gets Closure'," 12 Nov. 2019 Zellweger plays her as a chimney-smoking grouch, too damaged to fully trust anyone, but emotionally unable to survive daily life without the people around her. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Renée Zellweger’s Performance Is the Best Part of Judy," 26 Sep. 2019 Only the most stubborn retro-grouch would dispute the fact that, overall, cycling is constantly improving in that department. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Are We Living in the Golden Age of Cycling?," 17 Apr. 2018 Yep, everyone's favorite green grouch is apparently inspiring a lot of beauty looks, and TBH, some of them are definitely worth copying. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Grinch Holiday Makeup Is Taking Over Social Media," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of grouch

circa 1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grouch

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

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The first known use of grouch was circa 1895

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23 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grouch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grouch

: a person who complains frequently or constantly


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Kids Definition of grouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is irritable or complains a lot


grouched; grouching

Kids Definition of grouch (Entry 2 of 2)

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