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[grous] /graʊs/ Informal.
verb (used without object), groused, grousing.
to grumble; complain:
I've never met anyone who grouses so much about his work.
a complaint.
Origin of grouse2
1850-55; origin uncertain; cf. grouch
Related forms
grouser, noun
1. gripe, fret, fuss. Unabridged
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  • "You told my chief of staff that it was urgent," Sir Harold groused.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • "You bet it's only seniors who'll have any luck," groused Diana, who was still in the depths of despondency.

  • The men didn't seem overglad to see us, and groused a good deal about the extra crowding.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • She groused, but submitted to the inevitable, and enjoyed herself very much when once she had made the plunge and started forth.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • We groused at the amount of drills and night operations, to being hut orderlies, going on guard, and so on.

  • They groused about "the great days of Lovelace," and gave people like Rudd a most godless time.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Though they groused at the time, the girls laughed as they discussed these details over the eggs and bacon.

    A Popular Schoolgirl

    Angela Brazil
  • He was out of the danger zone again, and in a rest camp with his men, who "groused" at "fatigues" imposed upon them unreasonably.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
British Dictionary definitions for groused


(intransitive) to grumble; complain
a persistent complaint
Derived Forms
grouser, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin


noun (pl) grouse, grouses
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 birds See also black grouse, red grouse
(Austral & NZ, slang) excellent
Derived Forms
grouselike, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for groused



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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Slang definitions & phrases for groused



To complain; bitch: No grousing, no foot-dragging, both signs of a solid pro (1887+ British armed forces)

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