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Definition of grump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fit of ill humor or sulkiness usually used in plural
2 : a person given to complaining


grumped; grumping; grumps

Definition of grump (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to utter in a grumpy manner

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Examples of grump in a Sentence

Noun Our neighbor is an old grump. a real grump in the morning Verb those incessantly grumping patients were generally ignored by the nursing home staff he's been grumping about the house all morning because the golf tournament got rained out
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just about every family seems to have at least one grump whose politics differ from everybody else's around the table, and the rancor seems to have become more heated in the Trump era. Clarence Page Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "Politics can come between friends and family before they know what's happening," 31 Oct. 2020 Just about every family seems to have at least one grump whose politics differ from everybody else’s around the table, and the rancor seems to have become more heated in the Trump era. Clarence Page,, "Column: Don’t let politics come between friends," 27 Oct. 2020 Conversely, the series' first two episodes flounder with Kate as a one-dimensional grump who shrugs her shoulders at some of the series' bigger logical leaps. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Clone Rudd: Living with Yourself is great sci-fi in the Orphan Black mold," 18 Oct. 2019 The occasional flash of fun in the film comes only when a character actor drops in on Chalamet and his band of grumps with a more vibrant take on the script. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King Makes a Dreary Muddle of an Epic Drama," 11 Oct. 2019 Worst of all is the shamelessness of the Pitch Perfect mimicry, from the show’s title to the casting of Anna Camp—whose perky character seems destined for an opposites-attract romance with Whitford’s grump. Time, "The Best—And Worst—New Network Shows of Fall 2019," 20 Sep. 2019 As a new generation of college students gets ready to return to campus, I’m reminded of the late Allan Bloom, the University of Chicago professor, philosopher and — on the subject of university education — famously eloquent grump. Clarence Page,, "Column: Don’t make diversity the enemy of excellence," 13 Aug. 2019 Like me, Twitter realized that Prince Louis and his early-afternoon grump must be a spiritual soulmate. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Reactions to Prince Louis' Trooping the Colour Grumpy Expression Are Priceless," 8 June 2019 In the gleefully deadly trailer, Evans plays the already iconic Ransom Thrombrey, the grump, scarf-wearing grandson of wealthy author Harlan Thrombrey (Charlie Plummer) who is found dead on the eve of his 85th birthday. Morgan Baila,, "Knives Out Is Your Next Favourite Murder Mystery With An A-List Cast," 3 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, George did join William and Kate on their tour of Australia in 2014 and was the grumpiest grump that ever grumped. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About Prince William and Kate Middleton's Potential Tour of Asia This Fall," 24 June 2019 Though this year, his little brother might have out grumped him. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince George Is Adorable at Trooping the Colour 2019," 8 June 2019 Regina grumped out of the bedroom and pressed the manual start. Neal Pollack, Popular Mechanics, "Good Morning, Gadgets: Why I Start My Day With Smart Machines," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of grump


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1875, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for grump


obsolete English grumps snubs, slights

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The first known use of grump was in 1844

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9 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grump

informal : a person who is often angry or who often complains

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