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[grinch] /grɪntʃ/
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) Unabridged
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(US, informal) a person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has a depressing effect on others
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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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Contemporary definitions for grinch

one who spoils the pleasure of others


to make a harsh grating noise

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character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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"spoilsport;" all usages trace to Dr. Seuss' 1957 book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A person who spoils a happy occasion, esp Christmas; spoilsport; scrooge: The grinch at City Hall/ Mecham of Arizona is drawing fire as a new kind of grinch

[1980s+; fr a character in Dr Seuss's 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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