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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


Our neighbor is an old grump. a real grump in the morning


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

Here, your grump-free guide to becoming a morning person. 1. Kelly Mickle, Woman's Day, "11 Sleeping Tips To Help You Wake Up in the Best Mood," 4 Aug. 2016 Costner's character is basically a domineering grump. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Yellowstone': TV Review," 18 June 2018 Part Terminator and part jacked-up, middle-age grump, Cable carries a teddy bear and a mean streak from his dystopian far-flung future, creating a deadly adversary for Deadpool. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Delightfully wacky 'Deadpool 2' raises the superhero bar from hit original," 14 May 2018 Sitting in an office, thumbing through pictures of someone mountain biking in the Alps is a surefire way to ignite your inner grump. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "How to Cook Gourmet Meals in Your Van," 20 Apr. 2018 The ranking comes from the number of one- and two-star ratings proportional to the population, plus a few other calculations on the grump-o-meter. Christopher Muther,, "Massachusetts travelers are some of the grumpiest in the country," 13 Feb. 2018 There are good reasons for Houston to come off as a grump. Tom Krasovic,, "Chiefs unbeaten; Houston says they have a problem," 25 Sep. 2017 But, at its core, Eighty-Sixed is really a show about … nothing, and the most appealing thing about it is watching David play a caricature of herself: a difficult — but somehow kind of winning — grump. Alexis Swerdloff, The Cut, "Riding the Subway (and Avoiding Germs) With Cazzie David, Highly Neurotic Television Scion," 23 July 2017 Anyway, a few grumps are quibbling that there wasn't enough action, or advancing of the plot. Kristi Turnquist,, "'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere: Pretty good, but yikes, that Ed Sheeran cameo," 17 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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English Language Learners Definition of grump

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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