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grouch

[grouch] /graʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.
noun
2.
a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
3.
a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.
Origin of grouch
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; variant of obsolete grutch < Old French groucher to grumble. See grudge
Synonyms
2. grumbler, spoilsport, crab, killjoy.
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  • Say, for the love of Pete, I couldn't tell what it was gave me a grouch.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "Lumpy's got on the grouch that won't come off," grinned Big-foot.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • You have—er—impressed me as a boy with, to use a vulgar expression, a grouch.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It's the real thing, too, and no flossy bluff about the lady's grouch.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • "Everybody has a grouch," observed Sarah cheerfully when they sat down to dinner.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • His opposite in character was Pepper Sneed, the grouch of the company.

  • And, from where I stood, it looked like he ought to have it, grouch or no grouch.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • It is just possible that by this time you may gather that I have a grouch on myself.

    Goat-Feathers Ellis Parker Butler
  • But if you've got a grouch against this scheme we'll try the other one.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for grouch

grouch

/ɡraʊtʃ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to complain; grumble
noun
2.
a complaint, esp a persistent one
3.
a person who is always grumbling
Word Origin
C20: from obsolete grutch, from Old French grouchier to complain; see grudge
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Word Origin and History for grouch
n.

"ill-tempered person," 1896, earlier "state of irritable glumness" (1890, in expressions such as to have a grouch on), U.S. college student slang, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching "complaint, grumbling" (see grutch).

The Grouch, on the other Hand, gave a correct Imitation of a Bear with a Sore Toe. His Conversation was largely made up of Grunts. He carried a Facial Expression that frightened little Children in Street Cars and took all the Starch out of sentimental Young Ladies. He seemed perpetually to carry the Hoof-Marks of a horrible Nightmare. [George Ade, "People You Know," 1902]
The verb is 1916, from the noun. Related: Grouched; grouching. Grouch bag "purse for carrying hidden money" (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977), who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.

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