\ ˈgrəm-pē \
grumpier; grumpiest

Definition of grumpy

: moodily cross : surly

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Other Words from grumpy

grumpily \ ˈgrəm-​pə-​lē \ adverb
grumpiness \ ˈgrəm-​pē-​nəs \ 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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Rob Livingston stars as Sam Loudermilk, a grumpy recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This year saw the rest of the series hit bookshelves, continuing the story of the grumpy-but-good-hearted security android that calls itself Murderbot. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 When receiving the Golf Writers Association of America player of the year award last year, Donald gave a rare glimpse of his comic talent by firing off a series of grumpy one-liners. Harry Hurt, Town & Country, "T&C Profile: Luke Donald," 8 Apr. 2014 Sometimes a study that gets through to publication makes a bunch of researchers in that field quite grumpy—not every paper inspires a go-get-the-good-champagne toast. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New study linking warming with disrupted Atlantic flow has scientists “grumpy”," 25 July 2018 Somebody always tends to spend more on groceries, with good intentions, but is grumpy about it. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive a Family Vacation," 20 July 2018 But the Sixers did just enough to make the players less grumpy about the hassle. USA TODAY, "Ben Simmons, Kyle Lowry ejected; 76ers hold off Raptors, 117-111," 15 Jan. 2018 One of the best and funniest exchanges in this play involves the King and Sarah Day’s Juliette, the grumpy, long-ignored and decidedly underappreciated servant. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 Luckily, Decker, 30, who was born in North Carolina and lives in Austin, had a less arachnophobic — if a little grumpy — spider wrangler on hand in husband Andy Roddick, 35. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Andy Roddick Hilariously Rescues Brooklyn Decker from 'Baby Tarantula' with a Dust Pan," 28 Mar. 2018

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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

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


\ ˈgrəm-pē \
grumpier; grumpiest

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Other Words from grumpy

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

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