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

Definition of grumpy

: moodily cross : surly

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 Even the great Francis Guinan, playing the grumpy King of France, demurs to this life force. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Police were called to a home at 11:49 a.m. April 15 where a grumpy pit bull was hanging out in a woman’s yard. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Cairo wouldn't stay grumpy for long, however, thanks to Grandma Darlene. Hattie Lindert,, 18 Apr. 2022 Earlier, Sheridan played the grumpy Raquel Ochmonek, who’s constantly bickering with her husband (John LaMotta) and peeking into the house with the extraterrestrial next door, on 24 episodes of ALF over the NBC comedy’s four seasons. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2022 At first, our son, Zephyr, was grumpy and unenthusiastic. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Rising prices are giving us ample reason to feel grumpy. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 Hammer out alignment among your leaders so that everyone—even the grumpy ones—agrees. Todd Sixt, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Clashing, grumpy and vibrant looks cut fun, unexpected styles. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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\ 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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