\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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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 Consider the cheerful grape sun-dried into grumpy raisin: Proof. Leah Eskin,, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 So the brilliant, grumpy and irascible priest of old times is gone, and — with him — goes a priceless oral history of the blues and thousands of songs. George Varga,, "Lou Curtiss, a key mentor to Tom Waits, Jack Tempchin and other musicians, has died at 79," 10 July 2018 Nicklaus looked lumpy and came across as equal parts cocky and grumpy. Dale Robertson Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "A dose of perspective on Patrick Reed’s style of play and persona," 11 June 2018 The unusually grumpy tone of the statement from Brussels highlighted an enormous gap. Jack Ewing,, "Trump delays tariffs, but US allies are still annoyed," 2 May 2018 With his brilliantly grumpy roles in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Band’s Visit, the Lebanese-American actor has been propelled back into the hearts and minds of America. The Cut, "Express Your Summer Feelings With This New Cut T-Shirt," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grumpy was in 1778

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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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