\ ˈgrau̇ch How to pronounce grouch (audio) \

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 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 There’s the 1966 animated classic narrated by Boris Karloff, followed by the highly inferior 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey as the ol’ grouch who is as cuddly as a cactus. 8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Dec. 24-30," 24 Dec. 2017 Eagle River Nature Center staff have worked hard to create hundreds of ice luminarias as well, making this evening party something to brighten up even the grinchiest grouch. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s dark and wet, but solstice is coming and you should venture outdoors," 14 Dec. 2017 Why be such a grouch when people are just being friendly? Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Husband who never cleans his car suddenly does so after a surprising request," 1 Jan. 2017 Previously known as a visionary coach in possession of more championship rings than fingers, Jackson spent his return to Gotham reimagining himself as an aging grouch who waxed wistful for a more artful and earthbound game. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Zen Phil Is Gone, but All Is Not Lost for Knicks," 28 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of grouch

: a person who complains frequently or constantly


\ ˈgrau̇ch How to pronounce grouch (audio) \

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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