grinch

[ grinch ]
/ grɪntʃ /

noun

a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others.

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Origin of grinch

Coined by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) in the children’s bookHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (1957), the Grinch being the central misanthropic character
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British Dictionary definitions for grinch

grinch
/ (ɡrɪntʃ) /

noun

US informal a person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has a depressing effect on others

Word Origin for grinch

C20: from a character in the 1957 children's book How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (1904–91), US writer and illustrator, whose full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel
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