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or grumpish

[gruhm-pee] /ˈgrʌm pi/
adjective, grumpier, grumpiest.
surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy.
Origin of grumpy
1770-80; grump expressive word, first attested in the phrase humps and grumps slights and snubs + -y1
Related forms
grumpily, adverb
grumpiness, noun
ungrumpy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for grumpily
Historical Examples
  • "Oh, well, if that's all you like me," said Johnny grumpily.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • I muttered, grumpily, that I had no particular respect for Falk.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • "Give me another chance and we'll have another chase," I told him grumpily.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • “Yes,” said the other grumpily, as if disinclined even for conversation.

    Picked up at Sea J.C. Hutcheson
  • “Mr. Cleigh,” said the boy, grumpily, as he presented a letter and a small box.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • "Yes, you too have been in Arcadia," we seem not too grumpily to allow.

    Some Short Stories Henry James
  • “There is no room to do anything else,” said Mr Burne grumpily.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • "I don't like that little buffer," declared Lane grumpily as we walked on.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • “I do not see why they should come more to you than to me,” he said grumpily.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Very well,” he said grumpily, and closed the matter for that night.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
British Dictionary definitions for grumpily


adjective grumpier, grumpiest
peevish; sulky Also grumpish
Derived Forms
grumpily, grumpishly, adverb
grumpiness, grumpishness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from grump + -y1
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Word Origin and History for grumpily



1778, from grump + -y (2). Related: Grumpily; grumpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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