grumpy

adjective
\ 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 kids are probably starving and everybody’s getting grumpy. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "How Ulla Johnson, Fashion Designer, Spends Her Sundays," 31 Jan. 2020 There are very few people who can make slightly grumpy, brusque confidence come across as alluring and even charming. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Turkish Food with Attitude at Lokanta," 28 Sep. 2019 Like Steve Young, who torched Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX, Houston QB Watson is poised in the pocket yet also a deft scrambler and passer A San Diego connection to Week 3 of the NFL season, will make some locals grumpy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Deshaun Watson recalls former Super Bowl MVP against San Diego Chargers," 23 Sep. 2019 Or the one about the grumpy old man who wants those immigrant teens to get off his lawn? Freep.com, "Michigan's Greatest Movies: Who won, Eddie Murphy, Clint Eastwood or Eminem?," 5 Jan. 2020 Some associate the activity as something for children or grumpy older men. Anchorage Daily News, "Whether inside a shanty or outside on a camp chair, ice fishing reveals the wondrous world under your feet," 4 Jan. 2020 The agreeable Wilkins will drink Wilkins coffee, but when offered a cup, the grumpy Wontkins won’t. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1950s Washington, Jim Henson’s Muppets sold coffee — violently," 28 Dec. 2019 Flight delays, traffic snarls and grumpy traveling companions can make any trip tiring, but the biggest buzzkill to holiday travel may just be the effects to our physical wellbeing. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches that relieve neck and back pain while traveling," 19 Dec. 2019 So rather than just be the grumpy old (or at least middle-aged) man in the room, I was offered a chance to state my case. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Think 2020 is the start of a new decade? You'd be wrong. Here's why," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Grumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grumpy. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for grumpy

grumpy

adjective
How to pronounce grumpy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grumpy

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

grumpy

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

Kids Definition of grumpy

Other Words from grumpy

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

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