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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

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 More importantly, former grump/future husband Phillip (Chris Geere) looks at Kate in a way that will probably start to become more familiar this year. Dan Snierson,, 25 Nov. 2021 But what Perelman offers us at his best is not a parody of a time gone by, or the notebooks of a grump. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For someone who felt exhausted by putting on a faux-happy face at work every day, the return might be a chance to establish boundaries and a reputation for being an authentic (but still likable) grump. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 13 July 2021 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, 24 June 2019 Though this year, his little brother might have out grumped him. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, 8 June 2019 Regina grumped out of the bedroom and pressed the manual start. Neal Pollack, Popular Mechanics, 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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English Language Learners Definition of grump

: a person who is often angry or who often complains


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