grouchier; grouchiest
: given to grumbling : peevish
grouchily adverb
grouchiness noun

Examples of grouchy in a Sentence

I get grouchy when I'm tired. a lack of sleep would make anyone grouchy
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grouchy was circa 1895

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“Grouchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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