\ 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 clamor, scientists say, isn’t a problem just for people grumpy about loud music and beeping iPhones. Kurtis Alexander,, "America’s noisiest and quietest national parks — the human factor," 20 Dec. 2019 Republicans, grumpy about a rumor circulating that their members wanted to leave early to attend the Congressional Ball at the White House that evening, refused to give Democrats the satisfaction of ending their speeches either. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "The Breach Widens as Congress Nears a Partisan Impeachment," 13 Dec. 2019 There’s one fellow in particular who is sounding rather grumpy about the red, white and blue. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Not everybody is supporting US women's team in 2019 World Cup quest," 26 June 2019 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?, "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

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Grumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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