- a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others.
Origin of grinch
First recorded in 1965–70; from the Grinch, name of a character created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
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- US informal a person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has a depressing effect on others
C20: from a character in the 1957 children's book How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (1904–91), US writer and illustrator, whose full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel
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Word Origin and History for grinch
"spoilsport;" all usages trace to Dr. Seuss' 1957 book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper