grouse

1 of 3

noun (1)

plural grouse or grouses
: any of various chiefly ground-dwelling birds (family Tetraonidae) that are usually of reddish-brown or other protective color and have feathered legs and that include many important game birds

grouse

2 of 3

verb

groused; grousing

intransitive verb

: complain, grumble
groused about the higher prices
grouser noun

grouse

3 of 3

noun (2)

: complaint
listened to their grouses about working conditions

Examples of grouse in a Sentence

Verb She's been grousing to her boss about the working conditions. Fans have groused that the higher prices are unfair.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
North America's largest—and showiest—grouse is in steep decline. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 There are also eight residences, ranging from small cottages to large houses, as well as a tennis court, and a shooting range populated with mule deer, moose, whitetail deer, and grouse. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 2 Jan. 2024 Our dogs chased prairie dogs, pheasants, grouse and antelope, and alerted us to rattlesnakes and jack rabbits. Sean Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2023 Now Sprenger, 44, sometimes sees two dozen or more grouse at a time during mating season. Tammy Webber The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 Ground-dwelling birds, like turkeys, pheasants, grouse, and waterfowl are also popular targets. Hampton Bourne, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 Some of Nate Hosie’s fondest memories as a young boy include hunting for pheasants and grouse in northeastern Pennsylvania’s mountains with his father and grandfather. Emma Colton, Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 In the evening, two grouse sailed into an apple tree. Outdoor Life, 23 Nov. 2023 Eat it on a stump in the grouse woods or with your back against a fence in a pheasant field. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Nov. 2023
Verb
Amid all the grading and grousing around last week’s NBA trade deadline, there was one odd winner and one unusual loser. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 The half-hour sitcom dared to tackle politics and social ills in a comedy set in the cramped Bunker household, where bigoted, grousing patriarch Archie (Carroll O’Connor) laid bare America’s changing values in the midst of the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and women’s liberation. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2023 A little later, Crenshaw slinks back into the dressing room grousing about having to clean up someone’s faux-blood in the bar’s backstage bathroom. Marah Eakin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Servers and staff at restaurants have long groused about the ill behavior of brunchers determined to wring the most out of mimosa deals. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2023 On a farm in upstate New York last weekend, Wall Street types groused about the coming presidential election in between bites of roast pig. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, 29 May 2023 That hasn’t stopped employers from grousing about the state regulations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Still, Prigozhin overplayed his hand, possibly thinking that months of phone calls from officers grousing about the Defense Ministry meant that some would join the rebellion. Neil MacFarquhar, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2023 And while producers and publicists have privately groused that the actors’ guild has been slow to grant waivers allowing stars to promote their films at festivals — making travel cumbersome and more expensive — many projects are getting dispensations. Brent Lang, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (2)

derivative of grouse entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1531, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grouse was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Grouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grouse. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

grouse

1 of 2 noun
plural grouse or grouses
: any of various plump-bodied game birds that are usually reddish or grayish brown with feathers on the legs

grouse

2 of 2 verb
groused; grousing
grouser noun

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