Origin of grouse1
- to grumble; complain: I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
- a complaint.
Origin of grouse2
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- excellent; great; wonderful.
Origin of grouse3
Examples from the Web for grouse
One remaining letter thanks a friend for sending some grouse and a book, the former described as “splendid.”The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse, peacocks, hares, wild rabbits, and waterfowl are all dietary staples.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
Indeed, when Wallace invited her to grouse about the media being “in the tank for Barack Obama,” Ann largely demurred.Give Ann Romney a Break
March 6, 2013
He went on to grouse that Rove “buried more Republican candidates than any other consultant.”The Karl Rove Backlash
February 14, 2013
Some Republicans will grouse at the new data because it makes their economic-incompetence argument harder to make.Strengthening Job Market Lifts Economy, Obama's Reelection Hopes
January 6, 2012
You may make a similar pie of pheasants, partridges, or grouse.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
My dear old ass, Gilbert wrote, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!
But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.
I was watching Willie and Grouse at play on the lawn a few days since.
So Willie went back to where Grouse lay in the sun drying himself.
- (intr) to grumble; complain
- a persistent complaint
- Australian and NZ slang excellent
Word Origin and History for grouse
type of game bird, 1530s, grows (plural, used collectively), of unknown origin, possibly from Latin or Welsh.
"complain," 1885 (implied in grousergroucer, from Old French groucier "to murmur, grumble," of imitative origin (cf. Greek gru "a grunt," gruzein "to grumble"). Related: Groused; grousing. As a noun from 1918, from the verb.