\ ˈgrau̇-chē How to pronounce grouchy (audio) \
grouchier; grouchiest

Definition of grouchy

: given to grumbling : peevish

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Other Words from grouchy

grouchily \ ˈgrau̇-​chə-​lē How to pronounce grouchy (audio) \ adverb
grouchiness \ ˈgrau̇-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce grouchy (audio) \ noun

Examples of grouchy in a Sentence

I get grouchy when I'm tired. a lack of sleep would make anyone grouchy
Recent Examples on the Web Chayefsky, like many others in the 1960s and 1970s, was grouchy about the increasingly democratic nature of television, remembering the Fifties, when networks used to air plays by the likes of Horton Foote, Gore Vidal, and, um, Paddy Chayefsky. Kyle Smith, National Review, "What Network Got Wrong," 5 May 2020 Her 12th book follows grouchy and loving diabetic grandmother Loretha Curry and her group of 60-something friends together grappling with aging, relationships and loss. Kiley Reid, Time, "I FaceTimed With Terry McMillan About Friendship, Comfort Food and Her New Book," 25 Mar. 2020 Price’s public persona during his four seasons with the Sox ranged from indifferent to grouchy with only occasional smiles. Peter Abraham,, "Any Red Sox fans happy David Price is gone should reconsider," 5 Feb. 2020 So the day ended, just shy of midnight, with grouchy lawmakers and weary staff (and journalists) preparing to return at 10 a.m. Friday morning for the historic vote. Annah Aschbrenner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: After 14 hours, they still didn't vote," 13 Dec. 2019 Oscar was also a hit, albeit in his own grouchy way., "And while he did not invent “Sesame Street” or the Muppet family, that distinction belonged to the late Jim Henson, Mr. Spinney played an outsized role in their success. For half a century, he portrayed two of the show’s most beloved characters, Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch.," 8 Dec. 2019 His Romford accent thrilled grouchy Lee Marvin, and his horse-racing jokes disarmed the queen into a smile of genuine happiness. The Economist, "Obituary: Terry O’Neill died on November 16th," 21 Nov. 2019 An uncomfortable bed can lead to all sorts of plights—from back pain, to restless nights, to grouchy mornings. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Our favorite mattress is at its best discount yet—this weekend only," 2 Nov. 2019 Audiences at the time — especially those 30 and up — recognized the voice of legendary insult comedian Don Rickles as the grouchy MPH. Joe Mcgovern,, "How four comedy legends were cast in Toy Story 4," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of grouchy

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Grouchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grouchy

somewhat informal : tending to complain about things : having a bad temper


\ ˈgrau̇-chē How to pronounce grouchy (audio) \
grouchier; grouchiest

Kids Definition of grouchy

: tending to be irritable or to complain a lot

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