noun (1)
\ ˈgrau̇s How to pronounce grouse (audio) \
plural grouse or grouses

Definition of grouse

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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


groused; grousing

Definition of grouse (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: complain, grumble groused about the higher prices


noun (2)

Definition of grouse (Entry 3 of 3)

: complaint listened to their grouses about working conditions

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grouser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for grouse

Synonyms: Verb

beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, carp, caterwaul, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, keen, kick, kvetch, maunder [chiefly British], moan, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl

Antonyms: Verb

crow, delight, rejoice

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Examples of grouse in a Sentence


She's been grousing to her boss about the working conditions. Fans have groused that the higher prices are unfair.

First Known Use of grouse

Noun (1)

1531, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grouse

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Verb and Noun (2)

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of grouse

informal : to complain about something


\ ˈgrau̇s How to pronounce grouse (audio) \
plural grouse

Kids Definition of grouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a brownish bird mostly of wooded areas that feeds especially on the ground and is sometimes hunted for food or sport


groused; grousing

Kids Definition of grouse (Entry 2 of 2)

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