- to be sulky or morose; show discontent; complain, especially in an irritable way.
- a sulky, complaining, or morose person.
- a sulky, irritable, or morose mood.
Origin of grouch
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Related Words for grouchmalcontent, sorehead, bear, grump, crank, kicker, crab, sourpuss, bug, growler, curmudgeon, whiner, crosspatch, faultfinder, moan, bellyache, grouse, gripe, carp, grumble
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Contemporary Examples of 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
November 12, 2012
Historical Examples of grouch
Say, for the love of Pete, I couldn't tell what it was gave me a grouch.Shorty McCabe
"Lumpy's got on the grouch that won't come off," grinned Big-foot.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas
Frank Gee Patchin
You have—er—impressed me as a boy with, to use a vulgar expression, a grouch.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
It's the real thing, too, and no flossy bluff about the lady's grouch.Torchy
"Everybody has a grouch," observed Sarah cheerfully when they sat down to dinner.Rosemary
- to complain; grumble
- a complaint, esp a persistent one
- a person who is always grumbling
Word Origin for grouch
Word Origin and History 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.