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grump

noun \ ˈgrəmp \
|Updated on: 28 May 2018

Definition of grump

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

Examples of grump in a Sentence

  1. Our neighbor is an old grump.

  2. a real grump in the morning

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Origin and Etymology of grump

obsolete English grumps snubs, slights


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grump

verb

Definition of grump

grumped; grumping; grumps
1 : sulk
: to utter in a grumpy manner

Examples of grump in a Sentence

  1. those incessantly grumping patients were generally ignored by the nursing home staff

  2. he's been grumping about the house all morning because the golf tournament got rained out

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First Known Use of grump

1875

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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Definition of grump for English Language Learners

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



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