grumpier; grumpiest
: moodily cross : surly
grumpily adverb
grumpiness 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 People of all ages have to travel, but some adults can be a little grumpy about seeing kids on planes. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2024 In this case, intergalactic cooperation looks like trapping a grumpy Godzilla in an iridescent bubble and launching him across the solar system to the mysterious Planet X, whose existence is exposed at the beginning of the film. Katie Rife,, 28 Mar. 2024 And a long period of inflation has not likely helped sweeten America’s grumpy customers. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Nearly 2,500 grumpy golf fans have requested ticket refunds from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, claiming they were barred from entering the tournament after organizers closed the gates to mitigate the drunken chaos that overwhelmed this year's event. The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2024 During the pandemic, wearing masks definitely helped cover my grumpy face. Harriette Cole, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 Giamatti’s charmingly grumpy turn in The Holdovers is a great reminder of everything he’s brought to the table for decades as an actor, and the same could be said for first-time nominee Wright. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2024 Aided by her friend’s mother (her own was too grumpy), Caroline retrieved my Toyota, $200 poorer. Maria Garriott, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 2024 And hopefully, by the end, everyone will be feeling quite grumpy. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grumpy was in 1778

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“Grumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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