\ ˈgrəm-pē How to pronounce grumpy (audio) \
grumpier; grumpiest

Definition of grumpy

: moodily cross : surly

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Other Words from grumpy

grumpily \ ˈgrəm-​pə-​lē How to pronounce grumpily (audio) \ adverb
grumpiness \ ˈgrəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce grumpiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of grumpy in a Sentence

Our neighbor is a grumpy old man. I was feeling grumpy after my long flight.

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Charnin created the musical from the Harold Gray comic strip about Little Orphan Annie, a street smart girl who becomes mentored by a grumpy billionaire. Rachel Yang,, "Martin Charnin, creator of beloved Annie musical, dies at 84," 7 July 2019 Harris and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., projected far more energy and poise, putting the Vermonter's gruff and grumpy speaking style into sharp relief. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Harris chides Biden on civil rights at fiery Dem debate, as Sanders fades and Buttigieg shines," 27 June 2019 The image of grumpy people dressed in black, spending hours in drafty churches hating nature and getting their misanthropy refreshed, makes their most beautiful ideas seem merely hypocritical. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Repeatedly voted Europe’s best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his unruly mop of hair and his often grumpy demeanor in his later years went on to become European soccer’s top administrator as president of UEFA. Washington Post, "Michel Platini, a soccer great now touched by scandal," 18 June 2019 Evening plans were canceled, members became grumpy and Roy himself got just two hours of sleep and missed his 15-year wedding anniversary. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "'Who is the a--hole': The congressman who missed his anniversary to keep lawmakers voting until 4 a.m.," 14 June 2019 Valora Vice is guitarist-vocalist and songwriter Julie Blumel, once of West Palm Beach grumpy-punks Angry Pudding, and the band’s signature guitar fuzz comes from Vivian Volume, or Rich DeFinis of roots rockers the Chant. Ben Crandell,, "A Livid Kitten’s second life: Paige Harvey rocks again," 12 June 2019 Dunkirk contains no foreigners except a few understandably grumpy French soldiers. David Gilmour, The New York Review of Books, "Max Hastings," 4 Apr. 2019 Though Colin was grumpy and reticent to cooperate, his headache did not seem to have a serious cause, such as meningitis or a bleed in his brain. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Is a Teen's Pain Just Drama, or Something Worse?," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grumpy

informal : easily annoyed or angered : having a bad temper or complaining often


\ ˈgrəm-pē How to pronounce grumpy (audio) \
grumpier; grumpiest

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Other Words from grumpy

grumpily \ -​pə-​lē \ adverb
grumpiness noun

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