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[grou-chee] /ˈgraʊ tʃi/
adjective, grouchier, grouchiest.
sullenly discontented; sulky; morose; ill-tempered.
Origin of grouchy
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; grouch + -y1
Related forms
grouchily, adverb
grouchiness, noun


[groo-shee] /gruˈʃi/
[e-ma-ny-el] /ɛ ma nüˈɛl/ (Show IPA),
Marquis de, 1766–1847, French general. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for grouchy
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  • Well, I was that grouchy I wouldn't look at myself in the glass.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "I don't play to the grandstand," growled the grouchy pitcher.

  • It is said that he waited for grouchy to join him before the close of the action.

  • But ask them of somebody other than his grouchy eight-year-old bodyguard.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • The boys waved their hands in farewell to the grouchy sentry.

  • Dream: I apply for information to a grouchy clerk who refuses to impart it to me.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Despite his grouchy humor he smiled at his acute attack of virtue.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Had grouchy done so, Waterloo would not have been the crushing defeat it was for Napoleon.

    Waterloo Hilaire Belloc
  • He heard far off a cannonade which might be that of grouchy.

    Waterloo Hilaire Belloc
  • grouchy—a quarter of his forces—was cut off from him altogether.

    Waterloo Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for grouchy


adjective grouchier, grouchiest
(informal) bad-tempered; tending to complain; peevish
Derived Forms
grouchily, adverb
grouchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grouchy

1895, U.S. college student slang, from grouch + -y (2). Related: Grouchily; grouchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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