verb (used without object)
- grotius, hugo,
- grouchy, emmanuel, marquis de,
- ground alert
Origin of grouch
Examples from the Web for grouch
Things go well until Oscar the Grouch is diagnosed with a burst appendix and Romney discovers he is uninsured.The Seven Best Reality TV Shows Mitt Romney Could Make|Matt Latimer|November 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If old Grouch Gaylong isnt with us, well send him home in a baby carriage, thats what!Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
"Lumpy's got on the grouch that won't come off," grinned Big-foot.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
Laura, was so unruffled and smiling herself that he could not wholly maintain his grouch.The Girls of Central High|Gertrude W. Morrison
Word Origin for grouch
"ill-tempered person," 1896, earlier "state of irritable glumness" (1890, in expressions such as to have a grouch on), U.S. college student slang, of uncertain origin, possibly from grutching "complaint, grumbling" (see grutch).
The Grouch, on the other Hand, gave a correct Imitation of a Bear with a Sore Toe. His Conversation was largely made up of Grunts. He carried a Facial Expression that frightened little Children in Street Cars and took all the Starch out of sentimental Young Ladies. He seemed perpetually to carry the Hoof-Marks of a horrible Nightmare. [George Ade, "People You Know," 1902]
The verb is 1916, from the noun. Related: Grouched; grouching. Grouch bag "purse for carrying hidden money" (1908) is the source of the nickname of U.S. comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx (1890-1977), who supposedly carried his money in one to poker games.