\ 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.

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Fans found Smoltz to be grumpy, or annoying, referring to days gone by rather than predicting the future. Jacob Feldman,, "As the Game Evolves, MLB Broadcaster John Smoltz Has Become a Topic of Debate," 7 June 2019 But a grumpy looking Harry, 34, kept as far away as possible. Fox News, "Prince Harry keeps distance from Trump at Buckingham Palace after ‘nasty’ comment," 4 June 2019 The unusually grumpy tone of the statement from Brussels highlighted the enormous cultural gap. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Europe Is Annoyed, Not Grateful, After Trump Delays Tariffs," 1 May 2018 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

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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

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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