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

First recorded in 1965–70; from the Grinch, name of a character created by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
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Related Words for grinch

pessimist, complainer, grouch, whiner, dampener, doomsdayer, grinch, damper, downer, drag, killjoy, malcontent, sourpuss, marplot, proser, spoilsport, drip, fuddy-duddy, stick-in-the-mud

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British Dictionary definitions for grinch


  1. US informal a person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has a depressing effect on others
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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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Word Origin and History for grinch



"spoilsport;" all usages trace to Dr. Seuss' 1957 book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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