\ˈgrau̇-chē \
grouchier; grouchiest

Definition of grouchy 

: given to grumbling : peevish

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Other Words from grouchy

grouchily \ˈgrau̇-​chə-​lē \ adverb
grouchiness \ˈgrau̇-​chē-​nəs \ 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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Lisa is also the one who has to deal with the restaurant’s grouchy owner (James Le Gros), whose many unsavory qualities include his strict insistence that only one waitress of color can be assigned to each shift. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 And yet the key takeaway from New England’s dominant run is not Brady’s greatness, or Belichick’s grouchy mien, but this: everyone is replaceable. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Shock Claim: Bill Belichick Not Barrel of Laughs," 3 June 2018 Garrett receives a rose gleefully, and the third and final one-on-one goes to Blake, the grouchy princess. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 But look, unless the guest threw a gigantic party, most of them are going to say something similar because nobody wants to look like a grouchy host. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Don't be a dud. Here are 3 expert tips to be a smarter Airbnb host," 24 May 2018 Neither did Vladimir Nabokov, and winning the Nobel didn’t make Saul Bellow any less grouchy. James Wolcott, Vanities, "The Joy of Reading Philip Roth, Riffer, Rhetorical Flamethrower, Super-Monologuist," 24 May 2018 And a good number of Democrats are no doubt grouchy that their own personal policy demands are not being addressed by their party. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems need to get specific," 10 May 2018 And not Asia, who plays Beyoncé as mean and grouchy. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Snatch Game shenanigans," 3 May 2018 Yost is short and grouchy during win streaks, and has trained himself to be patient and smile through losing streaks. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Ned Yost has reasons to leave the Royals. Here's why he'll remain manager after 2018," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of grouchy

: tending to complain about things : having a bad temper


\ˈgrau̇-chē \
grouchier; grouchiest

Kids Definition of grouchy

: tending to be irritable or to complain a lot

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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