\ 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 Planning took mere weeks, and nobody seems to care if grumpy neighbors don’t like it. Heather Knight,, "Planning, speed and action: How SF City Hall is leading the way in confronting coronavirus threat," 27 Mar. 2020 Although sometimes grumpy, the late Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) also fit this category. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Go Ahead, Let Trump Make Your Day," 3 Mar. 2020 The honey badger might get the spotlight for its famously grumpy attitude, but the American badger can be just as ornery. National Geographic, "American badger," 14 Feb. 2020 The device is just two inches square and weighs less than an ounce, so grumpy cats don’t have too much to complain about. Popular Science, "Pet trackers that help you keep tabs on your furry friends," 10 Feb. 2020 Spinney, who also operated and voiced Oscar, Big Bird's grumpy trash can-dwelling neighbor, before retiring from the iconic kids program in October 2018, died at his home in Connecticut after living with dystonia for some time. Lisa De Los Reyes, Billboard, "Caroll Spinney, Big Bird Muppeteer for Nearly 50 Years, Dies at 85," 8 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of grumpy

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Grumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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