- a person given to constant complaining.
- Informal. the grumps, a depressed or sulky mood.
- to complain or sulk.
Origin of grump
Examples from the Web for grump
Punk old-timer Legs McNeil on how, despite his best efforts at acting like a grump, the Velvet Underground front man was beloved.What Lou Reed Was Really Like: Legs McNeil’s Tribute to the Velvet Underground Legend
October 27, 2013
From that time forth "Grump" was the only name by which the man was known.
Grump arose, and softly went to a corner which was hidden by the chimney.
Presently there was a stir near the door, and Grump and Pet entered.
As a matter of fact, he was on friendly terms with everybody—he had no grouch and never got in a grump.
I bet old Grump wont be mad at the scouts any more; hell see that theyre dauntless andsomething or other.Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- a surly or bad-tempered person
- (plural) a sulky or morose mood (esp in the phrase have the grumps)
- (intr) to complain or grumble
Word Origin and History for grump
"ill-humor," 1727, in humps and grumps "surly remarks," later the grumps "a fit of ill-humor" (1844), then "a person in ill humor" (1900); perhaps an extended sense of grum "morose, surly," which probably is related to Danish grum "cruel;" or perhaps suggested by grumble, grunt, etc.