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 grumpy (audio) \ adverb
grumpiness \ ˈgrəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce grumpy (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 My daughter is not a morning person and can be grumpy when woken. Simon Hill, Wired, "How to Use Smart Lighting to Transform Your Kid’s Bedroom," 15 Apr. 2021 Allegations of hypocrisy and even malevolence zip between London and Brussels like a grumpy Eurostar. The Economist, "Charlemagne How the British became the new Turks," 20 Mar. 2021 Some become the stereotypical grumpy old men and women. Bob Carlson, Forbes, "How To Ensure A Successful Retirement," 19 Mar. 2021 In a twist even more representative of this time in history, however, easily the most memorable moment of the whole day was and, with any luck, will always be Bernie Sanders' socially distanced grumpy-old-man vibe. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "The Best Memes of 2021 (So Far)," 1 Mar. 2021 Word at rover school is that Curiosity is kinda…grumpy. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Mars Rover Writes From Space: ‘When Can I Come Home?’," 26 Feb. 2021 Nothing exemplifies this more than the internet’s collective thirst for Nick Miller, the grumpy, bitter bartender who is Jess’s roommate and love interest throughout the show. Allison Jiang, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of New Girl," 25 Feb. 2021 Otherwise, the fish has no real reason to be grumpy. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "An Epic Journey to Adulthood Begins in the Intestines of a Deep-Sea Fish," 16 Feb. 2021 Nick Miller, brought charmingly to life by actor Jake Johnson, is a man who has perfected both the grumpy turtle face and the kiss of a coal miner greeting his wife. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Best New Girl Valentine’s Day Episode Is Really About The Chaotic Power Of Nick Miller," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

22 Apr 2021

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“Grumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grumpy. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for grumpy

grumpy

adjective

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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