\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The animals are known for being notoriously grumpy. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 5 Feb. 2020 But aside from the visage of Grumpy Cat - who may not have been grumpy at all - feline faces don't tell us much about how cats feel. Karin Brulliard,, "Cats do have facial expressions, but you probably can’t read them," 4 Dec. 2019 In it, the titular character, an eternally grumpy and sarcastic stick figure, self-quarantines for a year with her husband and two kids. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Political Consequences of Loneliness and Isolation During the Pandemic," 5 May 2020 Many of her customers walk away with a big belly laugh; others seem at least a little less grumpy. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "For 22 years, this Dallas-area grocery cashier has been essential to customers’ lives, and never more so than now," 22 Apr. 2020 The elderly parents in Still Walking are fearsomely unpleasant: the father grumpy and unyielding, the mother a monster of passive-aggression. Terrence Rafferty, The Atlantic, "The Irresistible Drama of Becoming Who You Want to Be," 8 Apr. 2020 Then, in the finale, we were devastated by the potential passing of grumpy-but-lovable former police chief Jim Hopper after a high-stakes showdown with the Russians in an attempt to close the gate to the Upside Down. Ew Staff,, "The 30 most shocking TV moments of 2019," 14 Dec. 2019 But being locked in a house with a grumpy, screaming toddler during a lockdown or social distancing is torture. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "Your Kids Refuse to Nap? There’s Hope," 24 Mar. 2020 Planning took mere weeks, and nobody seems to care if grumpy neighbors don’t like it. Heather Knight,, "Planning, speed and action: How SF City Hall is leading the way in confronting coronavirus threat," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Grumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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