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noun, plural grouse, grous·es.
  1. any of numerous gallinaceous birds of the subfamily Tetraoninae.Compare black grouse, capercaillie, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse.
  2. British. the red grouse.

Origin of grouse1

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
Related formsgrouse·less, adjectivegrouse·like, adjective


verb (used without object), groused, grous·ing.
  1. to grumble; complain: I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
  1. a complaint.

Origin of grouse2

1850–55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch
Related formsgrous·er, noun


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1. gripe, fret, fuss.


adjective Australian Slang.
  1. excellent; great; wonderful.

Origin of grouse3

First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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  1. (intr) to grumble; complain
  1. a persistent complaint
Derived Formsgrouser, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


noun plural grouse or grouses
  1. any gallinaceous bird of the family Tetraonidae, occurring mainly in the N hemisphere, having a stocky body and feathered legs and feet. They are popular game birdsSee also black grouse, red grouse
  1. Australian and NZ slang excellent
Derived Formsgrouselike, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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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.

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