noun, plural gram·pus·es.
Origin of grampus
Examples from the Web for grampus
Tom had not heard of such a place, so Grampus told him all about it, and a great deal more besides.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
Jan held on and breathed through his nose, snorting like a grampus.The God of His Fathers|Jack London
There is one species in particular which is more dangerous than any other—the grampus, or, as he calls it, ardluk.Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen
The followers of Grampus took it up with an ardour and industry of research worthy of their exemplar.Impressions of Theophrastus Such|George Eliot
He did cultivate Mr. Grampus, and did it so well that after a season the two would even lunch together.The Wolf's Long Howl|Stanley Waterloo
British Dictionary definitions for grampus
noun plural -puses
Word Origin for grampus
Word Origin and History for grampus
1590s, earlier graundepose (1520s), altered (by influence of grand) from Middle English graspeys (late 13c.), from Anglo-French grampais, from Old French graspois, craspois "whale, (salted) whale meat; blubber; seal," from Medieval Latin craspicis, literally "fat fish," from Latin crassus "thick" + piscis "fish." For specifics of usage in English, see OED.