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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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  • No doubt you were often bored, and did your share of grousing.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • "grousing" is Tommy Atkins for grumbling, which is an Englishman's birthright.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • But at any rate he had no chance of it, and his framework here is little more than a tissue of transcendental "grousing."

  • I suppose he was grousing and grumbling about that when you went out for a walk this afternoon.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • In it they found occasion to accentuate a grousing born of the damp, uncheering vista around them.

    Norman Ten Hundred A. Stanley Blicq
  • After all, Richenda's "grousing" was a little spoiling her fun.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • But soon they settled down to do their job, to take trouble over their work rather than make trouble by grousing over it.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
British Dictionary definitions for grousing


(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 grousing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grousing



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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