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

Definition of grouchy

: given to grumbling : peevish

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 This could lessen the odds of grouchy people complaining about long airport lines, or relieve the extra stress of passengers running to their gates. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2022 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, 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, 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,, 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, 13 Dec. 2019 Oscar was also a hit, albeit in his own grouchy way., 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, 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, 2 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of grouchy

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grouchy was circa 1895

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3 Apr 2022

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“Grouchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for grouchy


\ 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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